Leopards are not only the prettiest of the African big cats, they're also the most elusive and therefore difficult to photograph. They are more shy than lions and cheetahs, are most active during the night, and during the day they prefer to sleep high up in the trees or in dense bushes on the ground - not ideal for photography.

The best place in the world to photograph leopards is Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa. There is a very healthy population of leopards in the park, and the animals are very relaxed with human presence. Obviously, this is the place we go to for our Tigers & Leopards Photo Tour.

This shot was taken on our last visit to Sabi Sand. In the early morning we found this mother and her cub and we followed them for the rest of the day. It was an unforgettable experience to witness a large variety of leopard behaviour for such an extensive time. In this shot mother and son just had a drink from a nearby little puddle and are relaxing on the relatively warm rocks (it was winter and a bit chilly at times).

If you're interested in joining me on our new and unique Tigers & Leopards photo tour, please check out my website for more pictures, a tour impression video clip, and a detailed PDF:

Squiver Photo Tours & Workshops

Three of the four Tigers & Leopards tours we're running this year are already fully booked, and there are only two openings left on the fourth tour.

Hope to see you there!

Marsel

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