A leopard mid-prowl in the Kruger National Park. Photo Thokozani Phakathi/Latest Sightings
  • Visitors to the Kruger National Park were recently treated to a rare sighting of a leopard pouncing on an unsuspecting cheetah.
  • The video was captured on an early-morning drive from the Pretoriuskop camp towards Skukuza.
  • The Kruger park, like other Sanparks parks, is currently open to day visitors who live in Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
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Visitors to the Kruger National Park were recently treated to a rare sighting of a leopard pouncing on an unsuspecting cheetah.

Thokozani Phakathi, a 40-year old provincial sales manager, caught the moment on camera.

His video was published by the popular wildlife website, Latest Sightings, on Wednesday. Latest Sightings shares videos captured by visitors to South Africa's game reserves.

The video was captured earlier this year on an early-morning drive from the Pretoriuskop camp towards Skukuza.

"It was a very quiet drive but we were enjoying the greenery, the sunrise, the bush sounds and the entire refreshing atmosphere. As we were towards transport dam vicinity around 6:00, boom! – a huge male leopard patrolling and scent marking the territory."

He drove more than two kilometres, trailing the leopard.

"We suddenly noticed the leopard looking straight at the oncoming traffic and immediately switched into predator mode. We waited a while and started hearing the sounds of a cheetah calling. At this point, the leopard was already on stalking mode – tip-toeing, squatting on the road and focused on the target.

"We suddenly noticed a young male cheetah also scent-marking but with a frantic distressed call. It appeared as if he was looking for a missing family member or has been kicked out of the coalition."

Carefully hiding himself behind tree trunks and the cars, the leopard positioned himself to strike at the cheetah.

With the cheetah just a few metres away, the leopard suddenly pounced. The cheetah jolted, but still managed to free itself and escape.

You can watch the video here:

Cheetahs are the fastest land animals, and have recorded speeds of more than 110km/h.

While lions typically will target cheetahs to eliminate competition, there has been a rare sighting of a lion eating a cheetah.

The Kruger park, like other Sanparks parks, is currently open to day visitors who live in Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Inter-provincial leisure travel is not yet allowed under SA's national lockdown regulations.

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