Close Call for Legadema

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Oct 20 2008 Written by:Brad Horn, Ian Johnson

I recently returned from guiding a former US Ambassador and their friends on a safari to Botswana, Zambia and South Africa. The trip started in Cape Town and ended at Singita, with stops at Victoria Falls and Mombo Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. The game-viewing was spectacular. Undoubted highlights were the West Pride at Mombo killing a buffalo and a couple of encounters with the legendary Nat Geo leopard, Legadema and her cubs. On one occasion Legadema and her cubs had a close call with a troop of baboons. She and the cubs took refuge in some dense bush and thereafter under one of the game-drive vehicles. This was a lucky escape as baboons have been known to kill leopard cubs when the opportunity presents.

Below is a small selection of pictures taken by one of the group, Ginny Edlavitch. These were taken with her small “point and shoot”. Talk about “up close and personal…”.