Amazing lion sightings in Tanzania
It was mid-morning, around 9am when we got a radio call explaining that there had been a brief leopard sighing nearby. At this point, we were in the middle of an informative guided game walk which started from our wonderful fly camp on the edge of the Katavi Plains.
Leopards are renowned for being very elusive and secretive, and therefore I needed no persuasion. We called for our vehicle to pick us up and off we drove. Less than 1km later, one of the rangers spotted a motionless impala hanging from a thick branch of a tree to our right, it's insides had been partly removed, partly hanging from the dead body. Leopards are known to remove the insides of their kill so to make the body lighter and easier to carry up the tree, hiding it from the hyenas. But where was the leopard. It had to be near. This was a good meal, surely the leopard would not go far?
We searched through our binoculars and drove slowly around the tree. Nothing. Could the leopard be in the thick undergrowth around the base of the tree? We switched off the engine and from the vehicle we waited in silence. It was important to be silent. The leopard had to be very near, but it had to think that we had either gone or understand that we posed no threat. We waited. Until, one of the rangers spotted it amongst the undergrowth. Sure enough, the leopard was there hiding. An hour past, still very little movement. Looking through the binoculars, it only moved deeper into the undergrowth.