Our friends at Kwando’s Lagoon Lodge in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, shared the following with us.
In the heart of the Okavango Delta, Botswana, is the wonderful Lagoon Lodge. The Lagoon bar is a popular spot for everyone to gather and enjoy a drink or two before dinner. When the temperature drops, as it does at this time of year, everyone normally grabs a drink and heads straight for the fireplace.
One evening, guests and their guide were sitting around the fire, leaving the bar a little quieter than normal. Quiet enough, that a leopard decided to come into the lounge, saunter along the floor of the bar, and then head off towards room 1!
The next day, an eagle-eyed guide spotted a jackal eight metres up in a tree next to the managers’ house, not far off the main pathway to the guest rooms. Jackals are not known for their tree climbing skills, so it had obviously required some assistance getting up there, courtesy of the bar-visiting leopard.
The evening game drive finished with a walk back to the guest rooms before dinner and a rare on-foot viewing of the leopard high up in the tree near its kill.
It is not unusual for leopards to kill other predators that they see as competition, but it is rare for them to eat them. This leopard didn’t seem too bothered about the rule book, and dined on jackal!