When I am on Final Control director duty, I usually start off with a strong cup of coffee ... with this drive (Thursday) been Rexon's first WE afternoon drive since his leave ... I was looking forward to something special. So I buckled up and wished Rexon and Marco good luck for the drive. Twenty minutes into the drive SAFARI the leopard was sighted ... it sure felt good watching from the safety of Final Control ... you see I have a thing for leopards ... in my travels I have seen very few of them ... and here at Djuma they are all over the place ... now that is something to get used to!
After that the afternoon went quiet, with not much excitement in the air ... buffaloes at GOWRIE, impalas all over the place ... I started to think that maybe, just maybe, we have seen the last of the ingwe ... moments later I got the fright of my life when someone informed me that a young leopard was spotted around camp moments ago!
I really did not want to hear that somewhere around camp (where I live) had seen a leopard roaming around. I have been told that young leopards show an interest in anything that moves ... and with me alone in Final Control with my eyes glued to the monitors, I was an easy meal (a tasty one at that). All of a sudden I look up at one of the monitors and BANG ... a leopard at GOWRIE ... I radioed the guys and in minutes they were at GOWRIE ... filming the leopard in stalking mode.
Listening to Rexon talk about leopards is fascinating to say the least ... all of a sudden the leopard closed in on a nearby duiker, but the little fella had seen the leopard and sprinted off, leaving the leopard dissapointed. What a lovely time spent in the Final Control ... so the next time you ask me, what is my favourite animal; I will tell you it is a leopard ... INGWE.words by Motheo Seleke