Shenton Safaris

The Cliffhanging Leopard

During my four years as a guide at Singita Kruger National Park I would always scan the cliffs of the Lebombo Mountain range.

I  imagined how amazing it would be to see a leopard scale these steep, craggy cliffs. Leopards are incredibly agile in trees and this mountain, I thought, would test their skills to the limit.

We sat for a short while with a female leopard and her two cubs at the foot of the mountain. The mother started walking towards the river, we didn’t think much of it, she would probably return shortly. Hardly 5 minutes went by when I heard a klipspringer alarm right at the top of the cliff. To my complete and utter disbelief there was the female leopard, standing tall atop of the cliff I thought would be near impossible to climb. She had conquered it in less than 5 minutes and was hardly out of breath!

The leopard briefly scanned her surroundings and began her journey down. Every step she took was unfaltering and committed, so elegant and graceful.  It looked as if she had done this many times before, a routine she had skillfully mastered.

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leopard singita kruger national parkBefore we knew it she was on the ground and making her way to her waiting cubs. I sat in awe of this cat – leopards truly are one of nature’s most competent and expertly skilled predators.

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Marlon du Toit

An adventurous person by nature, Marlon has been immersed in Africa and its beauty from a young age. Growing up alongside the Kruger exposed him to the wonders of nature and has since crafted his passion for guiding and photography. As a Field Guide at Singita Sabi Sand, Marlon specialises in connecting travellers with the secret lives of some of the most amazing creatures in the wild.

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