Serval encounter

by Tim
(The Netherlands)

We booked a full day gamedrive in July 2011 leaving from Komatipoort. We had a nice drive including Hyenas, white rhinos, elephants, buffalo, Giraffes, Kudus, Nyalas, Hippos, Crocs, Ostriches and many other types of birds.

The Park Gates where about to close so we heading on our way back. Suddenly our Gameranger Rick slammed on the brakes and said really excited that there was a serval crossing the road. We had heard of a Serval but didnt realize at that moment that they where rare sitings. We took some nice photographs. When we arrived back at the lodge we got talking in the bar with our ranger Rick. It was his first ever Serval siting in the Kruger after many years of being a gameranger. Only then we just knew just how lucky we had been.

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Feb 20, 2015
by: Rake

Wow.. I never have seen or heard about a Serval ever before and it was of great amuse to me to see a cat which actually has a great body pattern resemblance to cheetah. I am so thankful to you for sharing such a good photo.

Apr 29, 2012
Also spotted.
by: Luke

I must say i love kruger, with all it's beauty. I appreciate your sighting more than most because on 28/04/2012 we ourselves saw serval on the h10 road between nkumbe viewing point and lower sabie heading south. amazing experience and i appreciate the beauty of this cat. gave us some awesome snaps aswell.

Mar 05, 2012
Very Nice!
by: Wayne

The only serval we have seen is the stuffed one at the Crocodile Bridge gate reception, so very nice sighting Tim!

Mar 04, 2012
Its a one in a life-time shot
by: irvine

The greatest thing in the wild is the unexpected event or amazing sighting and you took full advantage of this and have shared it....thank you.

Mar 03, 2012
by: Mario

What a superb sighting Tim! You are blessed because this is the animal that has been the biggest challenge for us to find.
We have spent over 600 days in Southern African parks (half of that time in the Kruger Park) and have not seen one of these elusive servals so very well done!

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