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AFRICAN SAFARIS - Trips Of A Lifetime

Stature And Power

Country: Botswana                                            
Location: Okavango Delta               
Reserve: Moremi Game Reserve 
Camp: Mombo Camp  


Stature and Power

This picture shows a regal, ever alert leopard high on a dead tree limb, cast against a grey sky. The pose shows the large head, powerful neck and shoulders, and short, muscular limbs of this spectacular cat.   Leopards are nocturnal, hunting by night while spending most the day resting. They can remain motionless for hours should unsuspecting prey wander under them. Leopards are always on the lookout for an easy meal.

The leopard is the ultimate cat - stealthy, cunning, adaptable and the largest of spotted cats.  They are great athletes, able to run in bursts up to 36 miles an hour, leap 20 feet forward in a single bound, and jump ten feet straight up.   Like most other cats, leopards are superb tree-climbers.

This picture was taken in the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta.  The Okavango Delta is rightly considered one of the most incredible wildlife and wilderness sanctuaries in Africa.  It is the largest inland delta system in the world, an area of about 6000 square miles making a mosaic of grasslands, floodplains, palm-tree islets, forests, lily lagoons and winding water channels combine to form a perfectly constructed puzzle, in which animals wander as they please.  What makes this area most remarkable is that it is a wetland paradise located deep within the arid Kalahari Desert.   The Okavango is Africa's largest and most beautiful oasis. The water of the Okavango literally floats on a saturated sea of sand.

The heart of the Okavango is the Moremi Game Reserve. Mombo Camp - renowned for having what is arguably the best big game viewing in Botswana - lies in the Moremi Reserve on the northern tip of Chief's Island, the largest landmass in the Okavango Delta.

Multiple Emmy Award winners Dereck and Beverly Joubert  created  the National Geographic Emmy winning documentary, "Eye of The Leopard" at Mombo.
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