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Female cheetah
© James Orton, Alex Juawo

Written by Jian du Plooy

The bush life definitely has its major pros, and the thrilling experience of having a wild animal walk just a few metres from you definitely gets one’s heart pumping!

Here at Leopard Mountain we’ve had some exciting experiences with lions, hyenas and cheetah. Our most frequent visitor of late being a female cheetah who has really made herself quite comfortable here.

Female cheetah resting in the shade
© James Orton, Alex Juawo

She is often seen drinking from the small birdbath at our reception and has been witnessed chasing down nyala through the turning circle. We suspect that she visited a few months before with her brother who must now be a solitary individual.

During a morning game drive she was spotted by a pleasantly surprised staff member doing the morning housekeeping. With a fully engorged belly she was relaxing no more than six metres away from chalet number 6’s private deck. After the guests watched her disappear behind staff accommodation towards the end of their drive, she was later encountered fast asleep under a shady tree on a walking safari just behind the lodge grounds.

Female cheetah walking through lodge grounds
© James Orton, Alex Juawo
Shenton Safaris
Leopard Mountain

Leopard Mountain is a small family run Big 5 safari Lodge set within the Zululand Rhino Reserve. Thatched stone chalets carefully placed on a clifftop overlook breathtaking views over the river and wilderness below. Experienced guides thrill guests on Big 5 game drives or guided walks through pristine wilderness, rich with abundant wildlife. Soak up the sun lounging around your private plunge pool and enjoy a romantic evening under the stars around an open fire with tantalising cuisine.