The story behind the
Cheetah Photo
18th August 2005

 
     
 

In my 30 years of visiting the Kruger park I have only had fleeting glimpses of the elusive cheetah.  There are only about 120 pairs in the Park, so if you happen to get a good sighting you are extremely lucky, this time my luck changed and I got lucky!

 

 
 

 
     
 

We decided to go to the Transport dam on the Pretoriuskop road. As we approached the dam we saw quite a few cars parked there which was unusual. We managed to find a spot and were surprised to see a cheetah moving through the grass.

 
     
 

 
 

The cheetah moved to it's mate and lay down, still a bit far off for a decent photo

 
     
   
 

Off to our left was a herd of impala and the cheetah started to become interested

 
     
 

 
 

They started to move towards the herd of impala, coming closer to where we were. I started to take photos, hoping for a good position.

 
     
 

 
 

And then, the cheetah stood on a rock right next to the road and I was ready for it. It remained steady for about 10 seconds and I managed to get four photos before it moved off....

 
     
 

 
 

....across the road right in front of us and into the grass....

 
     
 

 
 

....where it gave a brief backward glance before disappearing in the grass.