An Africa visit is incomplete without a trip to the Serengeti Plains. Camping in the Serengeti is an experience of a lifetime: you are close to nature like at no place else!
The safari is an exciting proposition as well. You can spot Leopards, Cheetahs, Lions, Elephants and other animals within no time on a safari. While in the Serengeti, I used a Nikon D90 to take some fantastic photos that you can check out at my Tanzania Flickr set.
What adds mystery to the Serengeti plains are its Leopards. You can find leopards mostly along the tracks built particularly for game-viewing along the riverine. A trick to spot them is to look for their presence in the tall trees rather than on the ground. You would most likely spot a leopard resting among the inclined trunks of the large trees.
If you are lucky you can spot a leopard dragging its prey high into a tree from where lions and hyenas cannot steal it. It is rare to get a classic photo of a leopard with a fresh kill, but I managed to get lucky on this.
The Serengeti Leopard is particularly known for its robustness and reclusive nature. They are much more heavier and sturdily built than the cheetahs in the region. Most people end up confusing them, yet the spots are different! A Serengeti leopard’s spots are hollow on a tan background while the cheetah has solid and round spots. Also, cheetahs chase their prey while the leopard stalks its prey pouncing upon it suddenly.
The Serengeti Leopard is much stealthier than the Lions and Cheetahs in the area. In fact, because of this nature and their varied diet, the Serengeti Leopard has been able to have a stable population.
Serengeti leopards communicate by roaring a deep throaty roar. The leopards use roaring even to define their territory. It’s so sweet to watch the leopard cubs communicate with their mothers through purrs and meows almost similar to a cat at home. Serengeti Leopards also use scent marking for fellow leopards. It was a treat to spot and view 5 leopards in 3 days in the Serengeti.