Seeking the Elusive Leopard… One South African Safari at a Time!


Greg H. - RCI Travel and Destination NewsA few weeks before embarking on a 10-day journey through South Africa, my wife and I were at dinner with a friend.  He spent a summer tracking leopards in Kruger National Park (located in Northeastern South Africa), but even after a couple months, he never saw the elusive creature.  We made it our personal mission to find one and bring back a photo.

Our adventure began in Cape Town and right away we were swept by the excitement!  We hiked the majestic Table Mountain, visited penguins at Boulders Beach, witnessed the magic of Cape Point, and savored the wines of Stellenbosch.  And before we knew it we were on safari in Kruger, face to face with the animals.  After two days in the park, we saw elephants and giraffes, wildebeest and buffalo, rhinos and lions… but the leopards… oh those elusive leopards… there were none to be found.  We heard rumors of them being spotted, we saw maps of their recent locations, but we never saw them with our own eyes!

Our mission was lost, but our overall trip was a huge success! It was by far the most memorable vacation in the most beautiful country we have ever been to.  Best part of all is that now we have a reason to go back, friend in tow, to find that elusive leopard!

This week on the RCI blog, we’ll be sharing photos and stories from RCI subscribing members who also visited South Africa (although I don’t know if any of them have ever spotted a leopard in Kruger National Park!). I’ll even be showing you photos I took while I was there. Be sure to check back!

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