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The Leopards Tail February 2015

Good day to all our Leopards Tail readers!

So how did you spend Valentine’s Day? Were you showered with chocolates, roses and other gifts? Did you spend time with the one who means the most to you? For myself, it was one of the most special days! I was able to spend the afternoon with my husband, watch a storm roll over the reserve from the top of a hill and enjoy the sight of our daughter dancing in the rain. Sometimes it's not the amount of money you spend but the amount of time you spend with someone! I hope your day was special too.

Find out what has been happening on our wonderful reserve, and read about the special sightings and encounters with our wildlife on last month’s walks and game drives... from our rangers Alden, Themba & Darren...

The birds have been in full chorus as we head into the month of February and the night sky greets us on evening drives with Orion the Great Hunter constellation watching over us.

Leopards and Cheetah are in full flood as our sightings become more frequent and we are starting to discover their hot spots and movement plans. One of our new rangers, Themba captured our big male Leopard on camera making his way up to the lodge and we watched as one of our young male Cheetahs took down a female Impala.

But it’s not all about the big animals. We have seen lots of Flap Neck Chameleons basking in the moonlight, Scrub Hares racing us down the road, Large Spotted Genets scrambling around looking for grubs, Scops Owls and Giant Eagle Owls calling us home for dinner around the fire.

Cupid must have struck as our big cats are finding plenty of time for romance and hopefully some new arrivals will be joining us shortly.Just the other day we followed a male Cheetah as he made his way following the scent and chirping call into the wind, until he found his prize, a female Cheetah waiting in the open grassland.



Hot, dry weather has been a constant and we are still waiting for the rain, but that has not prevented our sightings from being amazing, especially down by the hide with all types of animals looking for water. So if you’re planning on joining us, sunscreen and hats are essential!


You could be the lucky person to win yourself and a partner a free night including dinner, bed & breakfast and game drives at the lodge. You may email us your answer to  (Competition closes 25th of March 2015. Terms & conditions apply).

Solve this Riddle - I live above a star, and yet never burn, I have eleven neighbours, and yet none of them turn, I am visited in sequence, first, last, or in between, PRS (& sometimes Q) are my initials

Now, tell me what i mean.


Coffee, Chocolate and Walnut Cheesecake
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You are on a horse, galloping at a constant speed. on your right side is a sharp drop off, and on your left side is an elephant travelling at the same speed as you. Directly in front of you is another galloping horse but your horse is unable to overtake it. Behind you is a lion running at the same speed as you and the horse in front of you. What must you do to safely get out of this highly dangerous situation?

Get off the merry-go-round!


04/01/15 – Knibbs Family – South Africa
“Faultless! Accommodation, staff & food! Just lovely”

08/01/15 – Anders Olsson – Sweden
“Fantastic experience!”

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In today’s world, we all need to look at finding ways to repair and prevent further man-made damage to our environment. Some of us are aware of this, yet do nothing as we think that only a huge project will have any appreciable impact. This, of course, is not the case. Any effort, no matter how small is a start. And if everyone made small positive changes, what a difference we could make!


Thank you to everyone who responded to our competition! The winner of our LEOPARD MOUNTAIN competition for January 2015 is
Mark Horne.  Congratulations! You have won yourself and a partner a free night.

Last Month’s Competition was:
What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment and never in a thousand years?

Answer - the letter 'M'


“Earth provides enough to satisy every man's needs, but not every man's greed."
Mahatma Gandi

…till we chat again next month...



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