Chilling in the Mopane

Zena said We must go to Kruger, my man Martin is a fabulous guide. I said Let’s Go!, and when August rolled round there we were, chilling in the mopane woodlands around Mopani Rest Camp in the famous Kruger National Park, drinking gin and tonic, gazing out over Pioneer dam from our under-thatch bird-watching stoep.

– seek out chalet 43 in Mopani Camp –

Martin runs Laughing Hyena Safaris, and his experienced Kruger Park nose soon led us to great sightings – big ones, feathered ones and little ones too.

Suddenly! We spotted some spots in the mopane shadows! With great skill we tracked the shadowy spots through the dappled sun and shade of the mopane woodland. What could it be?

Hey, it was! It was a . . a . . leopard! Kruger’s holy grail. With great tracking skill, we had found it:

– Martin showed us how to tell that it was a boy leopard –

. . . ‘course, we actually found it the traditional Kruger Park way:

– check the Sharkie going offroad to shove in front of us – I’m guessing his name was probably Richard –

To celebrate we had lots more gin & tonic, which improved our sightings even more:

A keen photographer and Canon ambassador, Martin aimed his long lens out the window and later let us have some of his pics:

. . and he made us a video:

and he taught us a new bird species: the Burchell’s Poupol



  1. Larry says:

    The video was particularly informative. I can’t recall ever seeing a 5-legged elephant before.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. bewilderbeast says:

      Six if you count his schlong . .


  2. screed64 says:

    Fantastic. And the Gin & Tonic sounds fab. Ah Afrika.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. bewilderbeast says:

      In reality I was among weal wimps! Martin wasn’t drinking, Jess can’t cos of her medication, only Zena agreed to ‘one weak one’ each evening! So Z got half a tot, I got a double tot and that was it.


      1. Marty says:

        Where did you hide the Bonteheuwel briefcase?

        Liked by 1 person

        1. bewilderbeast says:

          It was neglected and lonely on top of the fridge!


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