These normally secretive and reclusive cats no longer feel threatened by vehicles and simply ignore them,
allowing quite extraordinary wildlife photo opportunities.
Within Sabi Sand, various private reserves have reciprocal traversing rights and also share information about
The rangers in the safari vehicles are in radio contact, so can notify each other when anything
special - like a leopard lounging in a tree - is sighted. Usually only three vehicles are allowed at any such event,
ensuring the animals are not crowded or stressed.
The rangers and their trackers are also experts at picking up the faintest signs of animal activity, so can
quickly spot tell-tale signs when leopards are in the vicinity. It's then a case of following these signs until
the animal is found.
If it's in a tree, you can usually park close by, haul out the camera and have time to compose and ensure your exposure is correct.
If the animal is moving, you can often follow on a parallel route - depending on the vegetation - again allowing
for some exciting photo opportunies.
Premier Leopard Area
All the leopard images on this page were taken at Elephant Plains Game Lodge, a small, family-run operation
in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve that has a well-deserved reputation as one of the premier leopard sighting areas in the world, with tariffs that
make it accessible to more than just the mega-rich.
Other luxury, private game reserves in the Sabi Sand, also renowned for leopard sightings, include
Mala Mala Game Reserve, Exeter Private Game Reserve, Londolozi Private Game Reserve, and Singita Game
See also Leopard Photos Bonus Page
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