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April 28, 2016

Leopards Tail With African Travel Solutions

Leopard  – Panthera Pardus
We recently had one of the most incredible evening game viewing experiences. Our afternoon safari started out quietly with lots of Plains Game being seen, thereafter the adrenaline started to pump as we came across another Game Viewer that had found a young female Leopard. This is my first leopard sighting on Zululand Rhino Reserve and having only joined the Leopard Mountain guiding team just 4 short weeks ago, it is the ultimate reward. We spent about half an hour watching in awe of this beautiful creature and even though she was lying down very relaxed in the grass, she still cautiously kept both eyes on us.
Leopards are naturally very nervy animals, making them one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. They are known for their agility and speed especially when attacking so the distance between her and us was kept to her comfort zone. To the untrained eye, a Leopard and a Cheetah may look similar but Leopards are bulkier and stronger. Their unique collar marks on their necks are also really distinctive. Leopards are nocturnal making them an elusive species so it is a real treat when you do catch one in the day time. Before you see them you can often hear them vocalizing, which I always say sounds a lot like a saw cutting through wood. These astoundingly strong creatures run up to 58km/h and can leap 6m horizontally and 3m vertically. They are also very strong swimmers making them one of the top contenders in the Cat family.
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You could be the lucky person to win yourself and a partner a free night including dinner, bed & breakfast and game drives at the lodge. You may email us your answer to (Competition closes 2nd of May 2016. Terms & conditions apply). Please note you can only enter once!
The Question? – What speeds can Leopard’s get up to?
Last Month’s Competition was: – How do Rhino’s communicate?
Answer: While they have many ways they communicate the simple answer was with their dung.
For outsiders travelling to S.A can be quite the eye opener! From the culture to the food to the roads it’s a lot to take in so we will be compiling a list of handy travelling tips for our friendly visitors abroad.
1. Understand that we have a different concept of time. Be patient
2. When shopping re-use your plastic bags, as you have to pay for these in most super markets you go to. And of course it’s better for the environment reuse, reduce, recycle and all that!
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Gooey Chocolate Fondant Puddings

Preparation time
30 mins to 1 hour
Cooking time
Less than 10 mins
Serves 4
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Funny Bones
What can I say about Leopard Mountain that hasn’t already been said. I only stayed for 1 night but the 2 days there were filled with amazing sights and sounds. The staff cannot do enough for you and all are friendly, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. For me the room was luxury, a double, double bed all to myself, out of this world views from my shower and peace and quiet. When else can you expect to have a gin and tonic surrounded by white rhino, zebra’s and giraffe’s? Here. The rangers were constantly in touch with other vehicles and got really excited at seeing up in a tree an owl with a snake in its claw as well as a Caracole and her cubs feeding on Impala she had killed. The conservation work they here do is amazing and all are dedicated to stopping poaching and increasing the numbers of endangered species. Thanks to all – Julie S
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