“Look up in the branches,” our guide advised us. Leopards like to contemplate the world from a bit of distance. Take the longer view. “Also, check around the bottoms of the giant termite mounds. They sleep on the cool earth around them.” Termite mounds are everywhere so we dutifully tried to look up and down at the same time.
Leopards also like to lurk in the long grass which is where we found this lovely young female (below).
In mere minutes we were back in the camp—apparently the leopard had been very close, too. This sight greeted us on our arrival (above).
The Land Rover made a wide curve around them and came to a stop on the other side of our veranda. We scrambled over the railing and got ready to leave.
Peeking out the window, I saw this bemused face staring up at me, eyes glazed, almost comatose with the effort of digesting the huge meal of the day before. His eyes quickly closed again.
Then it was time to leave Botswana. For now.