Coffee date with a Leopardess, Moremi National Park, Botswana.

Zimba and I been tackling soft sand all day and it was time for a break for the two of us. I found a shady spot in the high grass by the river, only a few hippos were playing around. I had a careful look around, no sign of danger. Well, so I thought. I jumped out of the car to get my coffee and carrot salad. Munching on my salad and enjoying the view, I noticed a different shape next to a scrub.

She looked as surprised as me, Moremi National Park, Botswana

She looked as surprised as me, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Odd shape, I thought. I didn’t notice when I looked earlier. Could that be? Yes, it was. A leopard. Relaxing in shady I grass, I must have disturbed her rest. She didn’t seem to be bothered by my presence.

Casually walking away from me, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Casually walking away from me, Moremi National Park, Botswana

I almost spilled my coffee searching for the OM-D. A leopard! After all these hours driving and searching in previous parks, this one just appeared out of nowhere.

Leaving scent, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Leaving scent, Moremi National Park, Botswana

She wasn’t too impressed by my oversized Zimba, or had rested long enough. I got a few photos as she walked away in opposite direction. I wasn’t happy with that. A track leads parallel to the river. I quickly got in gear and cut towards the river a bit further up.

Well camouflaged, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Well camouflaged leopard, Moremi National Park, Botswana

My plan worked out as she was proudly walking towards me,

Stop and watch, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Stop and watch, Moremi National Park, Botswana

still on the lookout for possible prey.  

Graceful, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Gracefulleopard, Moremi National Park, Botswana

She wasn’t overly big, but healthy and in great shape.

Some movement in the high grass?, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Some movement in the high grass?, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Stopping now and then to scout the area, she kept on walking along the river. She is hungry and on the prowl.

No prey in sight, Moremi National Park, Botswana

No prey in sight, Moremi National Park, Botswana

My adrenaline was pumping as she came closer and closer.

Passing behind Zimba, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Passing behind Zimba, Moremi National Park, Botswana

She wasn’t interested in me at all, but the fact that I finally got that wanted leopard photo opportunity. I managed a few nice shots, but could have done better, I think.

Getting away again, Moremi National Park,

Getting away again, Moremi National Park,

She passed Zimba’s back and kept moving along the river.

Something in sight, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Something in sight, Moremi National Park, Botswana

The area was swampy and the 2 wheel track lead a2ay from the river.

Something in sight, Moremi National Park, Botswana

Something in sight, Moremi National Park, Botswana

I gambled on a spot where she could possibly emerge, but that never happened. But wow, what a brief, memorable encounter with this graceful animal. 

My coffee had gotten cold, but my adrenaline was still pumping from my leopard encounter. 

 

 

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