Agulhas station commander, Reinard Geldenhuys, recently co-presented an Incident Commander and Command Staff course in Nelspruit. On his day off he decided to go to the Kruger National Park, and got lucky with his game spotting.
This is his story.
“After a day of seeing the odd spectacular animal … elephant, buffalo and so on, we saw three cars parked alongside the road watching a group of about forty Impalas.
“We drove by and scoffed at the tourists who were gawking at them like they were the big five.
“As we drove past, Hugh Smithers turned around and saw that one of the tourist’s camera was pointing almost straight down, and not at the Impalas.
“There was a leopard’s tail sticking out of the grass. Big excitement!
“The leopard’s stalking the Impalas took another ten minutes … and then he hit them.
“Unfortunately the kill was just a burst of dust and explosion of movement, semi-hidden behind a bush, so I couldn’t get a good shot.
“Strangely, after the kill, the Impalas returned to within fifteen metres of the leopard, making quite a noise.
“He didn’t have a “saak” and took his kill away, crossing the road within five metres of us as if we’re not there!”
Reinard took the photographs with a borrowed canon EOS 550D with a EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens.