This leopard is just waking up from his afternoon nap. The sun is beginning to set, and he’s thinking about supper. Leopards tend to hunt alone. This guy is in a dry gully. Sitting above him in our Land Rover, we can snap tons of photos of him at just about every angle from his pink tongue to his rosettes of black that help distinguish him from a cheetah.

We could see the grassy meadow above the gully, and we knew there were about fifty delicious puku grazing just over the leopard’s head, unaware that one of them was intended for dinner. Some of us hoped he would succeed, and some of us wanted to save the puku. This was a slow, deliberate leopard who knew time was on his side. Satisfied with our photos, we left him to stalk his dinner and never found out if the bush served him puku or perhaps a tiny scrub hare that night.

Safari on the River (www.safariontheriver.com) gives you a taste of Zambia and a chance to bid on an exotic, adventurous and, believe it or not, pampered African safari. You can pull for the leopard or puku, as your guides find the elusive animals we all want to see, and we’ve put a package together for a safari for two that will give you the thrill of a lifetime.


Tickets are going fast. Buy yours today and join us at Juluka Landing on the Sacramento River on Sunday, September 18, 2018. You can pretend you’re in Africa for an evening where we’ll transform a spot in Sacramento into a taste of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Shop in our marketplace where we’ve handpicked truly unique Zambian goods, or join in the lively auction that helps us educate the youth and protect Zambia’s wildlife.