Although Im an avid reader of these forums, I don't normally post anything, but I couldn't resist telling my story about predators and open windows......
In December 2011 we camped at Pretoriuskop.
On our 3rd day there we decided to go on an all day trip to Lower Sabie and back all on the main roads, so to Skukuza and then on to Lower Sabie.
I'm going to just throw in a bit of what we saw just on that one day.
We were up early ready to leave when the gates opened, about 20kms to Skukuza we came across three Cheetahs lying on a mound, 1km further (no jokes) wild dogs quite deep in the bush and about 1.5kms further up 3 hyaenas playing in some water in a donga and about a km from the hyaenas a giant blind snake crossing the road.
We got to Skukuza for some brekkies and off we went to LS.
About 10kms we are going around a bend and a car coming in the opposite direction flashes lights at us and there coming around the corner in the road is a leopard.
Ok so this day is gong well, but we had no idea what was in store for us....... just after that about....I don't know maybe 4kms.......we see a car facing the direction of Skukuza but on the wrong side of the road, right on the edge of the road (there is a tunnel under the road),
I asked them what they were looking at and they said a leopard gone into the tunnel and they were waiting for it to come out the other side.
Right next to where the tunnel is a one of the loop roads that goes in a half circle to view the Sabie river.
I HOPE EVERYONE IS STILL WITH ME LOL.
A n y w a y !! My clever hubby decides he is going to park there on the dirt half circle loop to see the leopard come out of the tunnel....
So the engine goes off the windows are open, its my hubby in drivers seat, me (mom) in front passenger, Daughter behind Mom and Son behind Dad.....
Got the mental picture?? Good.. We are all dead quiet and STARING at the tunnel, hardly even breathing, watching, watching, watching.....
Hubby has now also parked right on the edge of the road.
Without warning, without any sounds, without the slightest movements, in the absolute stealthiest way, the Leopard jumps up the embankment about 3m high and almost lands on my lap.
We are staring at each other now having a good old face to face, window open, and about 80cm from my face.
He looks at me, snarls at me, stares at me some more and walks around our car and moves off.
There isn't a week that goes by that we don't talk and laugh our heads off about that, because after all the excitement I think we realised...ooooppppps, that could have ended badly.
Anyway that's my story and I've been going to the Park for about 30 years and that was just amazing.