"One merely cannot explain the indescribable feeling you get when looking into the eyes of a leopard. Their unique intelligence can be seen when staring deep into their topaz yellow eyes, as they stare back into your soul, leaving you vulnerable and insecure. The Oxford Dictionary has not yet created meaning to the word used to describe such an experience, and even the best attempts at trying to would only end futile. Being in the presence of such a creature is a truly humbling experience, especially when they are sleeping no more than a few meters above your vehicle and looking down on you. The true beauty of Africa is represented in a slick velvety rosette pattern, covering a lean yet muscular and explosive body equipped with razor sharp claws like that of a scalpel and driven by a mind reeking with intelligence. The lion may be king of the beasts, but being a ghost of the bush has its advantages. With the ability to melt away into his environment like a single droplet falling in the vast ocean, and the ability to move around with the stealth of a silent slithering snake cutting through the grass effortlessly, this is the ultimate predator. As he approaches his quarry, eyes focused unwaveringly and his body and legs stiffen, like a deadly arrow in a tightened bow, ready to be fired at any moment yet with the patience of a mine bomb, he waits for the perfect moment. Few creatures escape this deadly embrace, and those that do can count their blessings." - An excerpt from 'Manyeleti: Africa's Hidden Jewel" written by Armand Grobler for Africa Geographic 2017.
Photo taken by Armand Grobler Wildlife Photography I Rhulani Safaris on our Big Cat Safari of April 2017.
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