Leopard Kill at MalaMala

The impala herd storms straight for the leopard, by Martha van Rensburg

The impala herd storms straight for the leopard, by Martha van Rensburg

Martha van Rensburg (MiPix Fine Art Photography and https://www.facebook.com/mipix) shared this incredible video of the Daughter of the Kikileze female making an impala kill with us. A very big thank you to you, Martha.

Martha was on a photographic predator safari with South African wildlife photographer Greg du Toit, Marius van Tonder and Ian Weatherburn. The game ranger with them was Roan Ravenhill.

On Saturday 29 September 2012 – their last day at MalaMala, they were on their final game drive when they spotted a well secreted and hidden female leopard on the left hand side of the road. Roan stopped the vehicle not five metres from the leopard.

Martha set up her Go-Pro camera on the side of the Land Rover to capture the video while she shot stills from her camera, and they all settled in for what turned out to be a 30-minute wait for the action to unfold.

The wind was making the impala very skittish and even with sentries on the lookout, and one impala in particular looking directly at the leopard, they failed to see it.

Suddenly something spooked the impala, and before the surprised onlookers knew it, the herd stormed directly towards the leopard, who was at this point on high alert and ready for action. As the herd ran towards her, she leapt up at great speed and snatched a young impala mid-air! The kill was quick and the leopard immediately dragged the impala off into a nearby donga. She then skulked off, presumably to fetch her nearby cub to benefit from the kill.

A massive leap by Martha van Rensburg

A massive leap, by Martha van Rensburg

The barking of the impalas continued to ring out from the bush, while the witnesses to this amazing spectacle tried to calm their racing hearts. What an awesome way to end an amazing safari!

16 thoughts on “Leopard Kill at MalaMala

  1. Brilliant! Almost as good as the leopard kill we saw at MalaMala a coluple of years back. Lucky visitors!

  2. Absolutely amazing! Surely takes your breath away, with very mixed feelings. Well done Martha!

  3. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! My heart was pounding just watching this!
    Well done to the guide for spotting and positioning the vehicle so well – and great photography Martha!

  4. Hi to our friends at Mala Mala…! We miss Sara and Robin and all the wonderful folks at Rattrays! We want to return in September 2013 and bring our daughter and son-in-law.. We will be contacting you with dates within the next few weeks. We were in Mala Mala when the leopard killed the impala.. and think this is the impala the lions “stole” from the leopard…correct? Bettie and John Jamarik

  5. The images of this Impala kill are truly spectacular. We saw many Leopards at Mashatu in 2009 where I took many wonderful photos but nothing matches this action. Well done and thank you for sharing.

  6. We have been to Mala Mala 3 times, and seen amazing things each time. We are hoping to go back next year!

  7. Unbelievable !! We were there 1 month ago, and ready to come back…What a wonderful place…Mala Mala
    Thank you for sharing

  8. What a fantastic spectacle to see.I have been to Mala Mala twice now and have obviously not seen anything like this. I know lots of people would be horrified but it is nature after all.

  9. Hi

    Japan Africa is a coordination company for Japanese television and clients of ours are interested in buying the Leopard kill footage.

    we would really appreciate if you could give us a contact number of the rights holder of this footage.

    Thank you

    Amy Haddon
    Japan Africa

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