South Africa’s Lowveld region of Mpumalanga is home to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which is close to the Kruger National Park. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve, often known as Sabi Sand Wildtuin, is a collection of exclusive game reserves.
The Sabie River, which forms the park’s southern boundary, and the Sand River, which runs through it, are the sources of its name. The lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, tiger, and rhinoceros are just a few of the animals that may be found in the reserve.
The cheetah, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, zebra, giraffe, warthog, and Cape wild dog are additional creatures that roam this area. The reserve and Kruger National Park share every type of animal and thousands of distinct plant varieties. There are 145 animal species, 45 fish species, 500 bird species, 110 reptile species, and 500 other species there.
A video from Maasai Sightings, a popular wildlife YouTube channel, shows just how wild things can get in Sabi Sand. The leopard can quietly wait in an attack position if it perceives its prey getting closer or stalk it across great distances. The cat strikes at about 32 feet.
It charges forward while using its hooked and piercing claws to almost completely incapacitate its prey. The cat’s powerful teeth deliver the final fatal blow. These fangs strike their prey directly in the throat or at the nape of the neck. Usually, the last bite marks the end of the hunt.
Patience is a Virtue
In this video, a leopard is seen waiting patiently outside of a warthog den. This cat will wait as long as it takes if there’s a fresh meal willing to walk out. Warthog dens are underground, and in this case, under a large mound of dirt. The feline waits on top of the mound, eyeing the animal as it awakens from its slumber and exits his home.
Once the leopard makes its leap toward his prey, the warthog instantly darts off without even looking behind him! Unfortunately, he’s not fast enough, and the quick cat takes him down in just seconds!
Someone makes a funny comment on the situation that makes us wish warthogs could read. They write, “Hey warthogs, remember if there’s a jeep full of people around, they’re probably not there to see you.”
The warthog appeared to have a limp when it first exited the den. Perhaps the feline knew there was an injured animal inside, making the hunt that much easier. Either way, the leopard expertly took the tusked creature down. Its patience paid off and the leopard enjoyed a hearty meal right in front of tourists.
Take a look at wildlife in action below! We’ve also included some other shocking footage of warthogs and leopards!