Patrick Njobvu 5th June – Kaingo:

It was around 5pm when we heard the noise of a very cross leopard, growling and screaming near the kitchen at Kaingo. We ran to have a look and in the tree directly above the kitchen and there was the leopard, but we couldn’t see what had upset her. We hid around the corner looking up at her, and then on a branch hidden around the back of the tree there was a flick of the tail – there was another leopard!

It turned out it was an amorous male, and the female wasn’t quite ready to receive him – she certainly wasn’t shy in letting him know that no meant NO!

When they saw us they both jumped down from the tree and ran out of the kitchen area ducking into the bushes behind one of the honeymoon chalets.

We jumped into the vehicle and followed them around the corner where they had climbed an ebony tree. The male came down soon after and slunk off into the bushes , but the female remained where she was secure in the knowledge she had seen off her suitor – for now.

It was an excellent sighting of the female who remained up the tree and she stayed with us for an hour and a half, just lying on a nice branch at the river’s edge.

About Patrick

Patrick Njobvu has written 34 post in this blog.

Pat has been with Shenton Safaris since Kaingo was built and was originally trained by Derek in 1992. He is a fabulous guide, fantastic story teller and a firm favourite amongst new and repeat clients like.


  1. Lorraine November 17, 2014 at 9:51 am - Reply

    Hi Patrick
    Thanks for the post on the leopards-I can just imagine what it must have sounded like there in the tree overshading the staff table! I miss the place…hope to see you all soon!

  2. linda davis June 19, 2010 at 2:34 am - Reply

    So nice to see you again, (if even on this website). I have been thinking about you and wondering how you and your family have been. Kaingo Camp remains my most favored place in Africa. Aside from the fabulous setting and wonderful treatment and service offered by the Shenton’s, it was your guiding and knowledge that made it so special for Tom and me. Sadly, 2006 feels like a lifetime ago and since then I still long to return to Zambia for another dose of wonderment. Stay well, write if you can and enjoy a fantastic season!!!

  3. Marc MOL June 17, 2010 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Great to hear from you again Patrick!
    Haven’t forgot our wonderful time with you and your nature calls back in ,07.
    Look forward to more reports.
    Kind regards
    Marc & Rossana

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