The famous African Cat-the Leopard is one of the most beautiful animals in the world and is a leopard subspecies which mainly occurs across Sub-Saharan Africa. The animal is so popular in Africa that it is one of the main reasons why many animal lovers, safari enthusiasts and hunting lovers visit South Africa each year. Being a shy animal, the big South African cat mostly comes out of hiding after dusk and this is one of the most primary reasons for the popularity of Night Safaris. Every visitor just wants to have one encounter with a leopard, no matter how big or small it may be.
South Africa has an abundance of national parks, safari parks, game reserves and other wildlife parks that it may be difficult to choose one where you will definitely be able to catch a glimpse of this beauty. This nocturnal predator is at the top of their game when it comes to climbing and often drags their kills to trees. Thus when you visit a night safari in South Africa, remember to scan for movement in the trees rather than just the surface area. There is a huge chance that the leopard might be sitting atop to protect its kill from other powerful animals of the jungle.
Here’s a list of three of the best places to catch a leopard in action in South Africa:
- Sabi Sands Game Reserve-This game reserve shares its boundary with the famous Kruger National Park of South Africa and is one of the top places to catch a glimpse of your favorite big African cat. Infact you can also get up close and personal with all the Big Five, fulfilling your purpose of visiting the beautiful South Africa.
- Madikwe Game Reserve-This is a popular reserve, one where having a once in a lifetime encounter with a leopard can be done. This reserve is located in the North Western part of the country.
- Phinda Private game reserve-this game reserve houses an abundance of wildlife and pristine natural beautiful of the jungle. There is a good chance you can see not only leopards but also other cats of the wild here.