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Over the last year leopard sightings in Madikwe Game Reserve have skyrocketed, with a number of the elusive cats becoming firm guest favourites.

Here are the top five pictures from Etali Safari Lodge over the past year.

5. Exposed
©Thulani Sibuyi
Exposed in a clearing mid-stroll, this shot shows off the elegant line of the leopard’s build.
4. Golden boy
©Kristoff Potgieter
Taken at dusk, this shot utilises the wonderful ambient lighting of nature, with the final rays of the sun giving a golden halo to the stern gaze and dignified posture of the male leopard.
3. In the marula tree
©Kristoff Potgieter
A classic shot of a relaxed female leopard in a marula tree gazing into the distance.
2. Through the eye of the leopard 
©Gary Cusins
This picture combines perfect timing with careful framing to give a unique perspective on the leopard’s eye, while also displaying its ability to effortlessly blend in with its surroundings
1. The curious cub 
©Kristoff Potgieter
The next generation shows great promise! This young leopard showed marked curiosity in the safari vehicle while its mother kept guard at the base of the acacia tree. The combined elements of the cub’s entrancing eyes, elusive gait and dramatic side lighting makes this shot our official leopard picture of the year.
Etali Safari Lodge

Nestled in the magnificent malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, Etali Safari Lodge has earned a reputation for offering our guests a unique and personal African bush experience wherein nature, relaxation and luxury combine to form an unforgettable memory. At Etali we provide guests with an experience beyond the expected. Whether on safari with our expert game rangers, dining on our delicious cuisine, rejuvenating in our spa, or, simply relaxing in our luxurious and comfortable suites.