An interesting guided walk at Leopard Mountain

An interesting guided walk at Leopard Mountain

We didn’t see many large animals.  Only zebra, giraffe in the distance amongst trees and the odd warthog .. but I found it so interesting, having never been on a guided walk with game rangers.    And yes .. born and bred in Africa and having not experienced our natural heritage on foot .. sad, hey?  But we’ve had children ‘forever’ and always took them for seaside holidays 🙂

Walking with the two rangers, Ivor and Wesley ..

A small neat, perfectly round nest was found on the ground – can’t remember what bird dwells/dwelled in the nest 🙁 
 Note to self … always take a little note book on game drives and walks !  

Camouflaged stick insect was clinging onto a blade of grass …

 There were lots of these small orange flowers scattered about – here again, can’t remember the name and details about them but I do remember Wesley saying they’re used by the Indian community to decorate their houses and also use them in their hair at weddings

This one below, although quite pretty, is an invader plant.  Seeds swept across the region by Hurricane Domoina in 1984 – it’s a huge problem proving difficult to eradicate …

We came across an old shell of a tortoise which had died by a hefty hoof bashing on it’s upper shell .. shame

These bright white flowers were also everywhere.  Because of the recent rains there were flowers of all colours blooming amongst the lush grass

Stopping at a tree which showed signs of a leopard occupation

 From the vantage point where the ‘leopard’s tree’  was, it was lovely to look around at the vegetation which reminded both hubby and I of our carefree days in ‘old’ Rhodesia

There is a rocky outcrop on top of the mountain (in line with the rifle barrel – photo below) where leopards are frequently spotted (but not when we were there – we didn’t see a single leopard 🙁 )   and which has an interesting story, leading to another interesting story of the Zulu inhabitants of the area.  We had time, before heading back to the Lodge for our breakfast, to walk to a level clearing on higher ground … but that story will be for tomorrow 🙂  !!

Within the rocky outcrop is a cave where, still lies today, remnants of clay pottery and Zulu artifacts including bits from weaponry such as spearheads etc !!!   Because the whole region is protected and each concession privately owned, it is felt that what is found on the land, needs to stay on the land – it’s where it belongs.  The cave was used by the Zulu as a vantage point, as well as a place to hide from enemy tribes.

Watch this space for Part II 🙂

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