We came across the young male leopard we know as Mfana just as he was waking up from a nap.
He started to stretch and begin his leisurely grooming ritual when his ears suddenly perked up.
Following his gaze we looked just ahead of our Land Rover, where a group of unaware impala had just stopped to graze. Would we be lucky enough to actually witness a chase and kill?
A cry from above startled us all. “Go away! Go away!” cried two grey birds from the top of the tree. The leopard stared daggers at them from below.
If a leopard could kill with a look, we would have two less Go Away birds in the Timbavati.
The impala snorted their alarm call, now all on high alert. There would be no chase, no kill and no easy dinner today.
We drove away leaving a perturbed looking leopard to resume his bath.
Images by Jacquie Gauthier