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Leopards are an amazing sighting any day and almost a guarantee in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, nicknamed the Valley of the Leopard. Whether sleeping in trees, wandering around woodlands, hunting, mating or fighting, we thought we had seen it all this year.

one eyed male leopard
© Meike Kern

However, the South Luangwa still had more in store for Norman Carr Safaris repeat guest, Meike Kern. After tea and biscuits on her morning drive, she was heading back to Kapani with her guide, Charles, when they stumbled across 15 crocodiles lying on the bank of the river, two of which were enormous dominant crocodiles enjoying their snack of fresh puku.

Leopard waits for his moment
© Meike Kern

There was nothing too remarkable about this sighting until one of the well-known male leopards spiced things up a bit. This big male only has one eye and is often seen mating with various females in the area. He decided he fancied a bit of the crocodiles’ mid-morning feast so he slowly crept towards them and tried to steal the food right from their jaws.

one eyed leopard takes on crocodiles
© Meike Kern

Sadly he failed and snuck off to sit in the shade to work on some different tactics. He made another three attempts to sneak up on the crocs and steal their food – each attack was from a different angle but he was never quite fast enough.

leopard attempts to steal food
© Meike Kern
leopard tries to steal food
© Meike Kern
crocodiles sitting on bank
© Meike Kern

Reluctantly, he had to give up when all the food had been eaten. However, the whole experience still served as another wonderful reminder of why going on safari gets in your blood. Every day is different; you never know what to expect and you never really can get enough!

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Time + Tide is an award-winning, family owned and operated collection of camps with over 65 years of history. We focus on conserving unique land and marine areas, making a positive impact on our local communities and offering you safaris of a lifetime. ZAMBIA Norman Carr Safaris - South Luangwa and Liuwa Plain National Parks Chongwe Safaris - Lower Zambezi Valley MADAGASCAR Miavana - Nosy Ankao