This is one of my favourite images from my first African Safari. I shot this on the first game drive of a 3 day stay at Nottens Lodge in Sabi Sands.
Look closely under the his chest and you'll see this big male Leopard is guarding it's kill, which he dragged up the tree to protect it from the Hyenas.
I was sitting on the back of an open 4WD, as the guide backed up to within a few meters of this magnificent creature for a closer look.
My heart was in my mouth as I looked through my viewfinder to see this big cat staring right back at me!