Leopard

Su spotted it first as it crossed the track about a hundred metres in front of us, heading for the river. I was too busy steering the vehicle to avoid potholes and missed it completely. Once the leopard reached the river bank, it could turn right (downstream) or left (towards us). We gambled that it… Continue reading Leopard

My Family and Other Beasts

This is my sofa. It is a very comfortable sofa, on my verandah. I share it with a colony of ants and a family of skinks (a pretty kind of lizard with iridescent skin). I am not sure why the sofa is white, because it always looks grubby, but it certainly shows the ants. The… Continue reading My Family and Other Beasts

Last night in Zambia

It’s my last night. I have had my farewell sundowner at Kapani Salt Pans, been serenaded with “For he’s a jolly good fellow” and received a great present – coffee table book of photographs from the valley. I had my last game drive this morning and saw half a dozen lions and a leopard, as… Continue reading Last night in Zambia

The animals which I have most enjoyed seeing today are the Gnu and the Honey Badger

Gnus are rare in this part of South Luangwa. So rare that the impala he wanted to hang out with were spooked by his presence and ran off. He galloped after them, matching their speed but not their agility. Cookson’s Wildebeest are not the most intelligent of animals. They even look stupid. I took this… Continue reading The animals which I have most enjoyed seeing today are the Gnu and the Honey Badger

Today, the animal I have mostly enjoyed seeing is the Leopard

I thought it would never happen. I was jinxed. Every tourist sees leopard in South Luangwa National Park. There are even more leopards here than lions. But after my first month living in the valley, I had seen neither hide nor hair of a leopard. Three weeks ago, when I was at work in the… Continue reading Today, the animal I have mostly enjoyed seeing is the Leopard