Harriet Smith Photography


"For The Love of Africa"

AFRICAN SAFARIS - Trips Of A Lifetime

Eye Contact

Country: South Africa
Province: Mpumalanga
Location: The Sabi Sand Reserve
Lodge:  Singita Boulders Lodge

Eye Contact

This is a picture of a massive leopard staring straight ahead seeming to  dare the camera closer. Clearly shown by this spectacular cat are its eyes, large head, massive neck and shoulders, and short, muscular limbs. Like most other cats, leopards are superb tree-climbers. Leopards have incredible strength. A leopard can climb as high as 50 feet straight up a tree holding a dead animal in its mouth, even one larger and heavier than itself.  They store carcasses on a tree branch to avoid theft by other predators such as lions, hyenas, and wild dogs.
The leopard is largest of spotted cats, and because of its versatility, it is the most numerous of Africa's big cats.

This picture was taken in the Sabi Sand Reserve.  The Sabi Sand Reserve is the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism in Southern Africa, and is the oldest of all the private reserves in South Africa. Forever, it has been a wilderness area and  home to a vast wildlife population. The name comes from the Sabie and Sand Rivers that flow through the reserve.  Situated near to the Kruger Gate, the reserve shares a common 30+ mile unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park to the east.
The two rivers supply the game reserve with a valuable water source. The Sand River flows through the reserve for 31 miles and the Sabie River flows on the southern boundary. The sustenance of these rivers ensures that this area enjoys one of the highest and most bio-diverse wildlife populations of any area in Africa. Over two hundred different species live in abundance, as the ever changing bird life provides even the most experienced ornithologist with rare finds. Such is the environment that the wildlife, save for the migratory birds, remain in their territories all year round.

The Sabi Sands Game Reserve, with its  legendary leopard viewing is the best known of the game reserves in the Kruger National Park area.  

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