Leopard viewing on Safari
Leopards are solitary cats with separate territories. The only times adult leopards come together is to mate – and that only briefly – so it is very rare to see more than one leopard at a time. The only exception to this is seeing a female leopard with a cub or cubs. Witnessing a mother leopard with young is a beautiful sight, as it is only a fleeting stage in their life when they get to share this special bond.
Despite being known as elusive, in many parts of Africa, leopards are becoming increasingly common sightings – during both the day and the night. Though considered nocturnal, leopards are sighted regularly during the day, and like most other cats, they are most active in the early morning and late afternoon. In many areas across the continent, it is now considered more likely to see a leopard than a cheetah.
Leopards are sighted in virtually every major game park across Africa, however South Africa’s Kruger National Park and bordering Sabi Sand Game Reserve are two spots in Africa that are renowned for their leopard sightings. Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Kenya’s Masai Mara are two other destinations that offer superb leopard viewing opportunities. All leopard sightings are done by 4WD vehicle, as on foot, these cats are so shy they will simply run away before you get a chance to see them.