When you venture out into the African bush on a safari you expect to come into close contact with some of the world’s most dangerous predators. After a hard morning’s game drive watching the lions as they stalk their prey, you look forward to arriving back at your safari lodge and taking a hot shower followed by a cup of tea on the veranda.
Residents of room number seven at the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, in Tanzania could enjoy no such pleasure when they opened their curtains early on the morning of 21st April to let the light flood in. Instead, a leopard cub, believed to be only around 4 months old was found perched on the porch.
The vet was called and giving the baby leopard the all clear, a number of clients were allowed to peak through the windows to watch this remarkable creature wile the day away waiting for mum to return.
While staff were worried at first that the cub had been abandoned, the mother returned later that evening and after a happy reunion for mum and cub, they headed off back into the bush to where mum had located dinner.
This was a remarkable opportunity for guests at the Serengeti Serena Lodge and staff alike. Leopards are nocturnal and so are difficult to spot, and a leopard cub, at just four months old, is an even rarer sight.