Welcome to the Leopards of Londolozi
Since 1979 Londolozi has had a Love Affair with Leopards
Described as an elusive and solitary predator, it was a rarity to see leopards in the very early days of Safari at Londolozi. Yet in 1979 that was all to change when John Varty, co-founder of Londolozi, and an incredible naturalist, Elmon Mhlongo, developed a relationship with the Mother Leopard.
She was tolerant of their presence and allowed them into her secret world. It was a relationship that endured for 12 long years during which time a dynasty of Londolozi Leopards was born.
This dynasty has been chronicled over the past 31 years by the many guides and trackers, past and present, who have worked at Londolozi. This documentation is the result of their combined efforts and of yours, the reader. It is a record of the family lineages, identities, photographs and stories of the various offspring and independent leopards that have been part of Londolozi over the past three decades.
Each year we add to this growing body of work as the Leopards of Londolozi continue to enthrall, entertain and inspire the many guests that visit our reserve. With this online portal we hope that the collaboration and information will only continue to increase in magnitude and depth as we all begin to share our information, stories, photographs and videos, both past and present. Most importantly we recognize that the Leopards of Londolozi is a continuous work in progress and a starting point for something far richer and more enlightening. It is a place for sharing, dialogue and awareness and we trust that you will be inspired to pass it on to people who you believe will in turn be as stirred by these breathtaking cats.
This great Leopard saga is now entering its 4th decade as the sense of kinship between man and leopard grows ever deeper. Currently there are a number of free ranging leopards that roam the wild lands of Londolozi and we trust that you may cross a few of their paths whilst on safari with us. Enjoy….
Dave Varty, 2011
Click on a thumbnail below to view the page of each leopard found at Londolozi. Although the dynamics, territories and lives of these beautiful cats are constantly shifting, every nine months the maps and animals are updated.
On each page you will see the name of the leopard as well as its spot pattern. The spot pattern, such as 4:3, indicates the identity of the leopard through the number of spots on the left and right hand side of its snout. The remainder of the name comes from the territory in which the leopard was either born in or has territory in. Once you have started exploring the website, use the right hand navigation panel to select an individual leopard, lineage or simply return to this page.