Leopards are mainly nocturnal beasts who primarily hunt at night. These big 5 can make themselves particularly tricky to be seen because very few Parks and Reserves in Africa allow night-time driving safaris. The exception to this is in Zambia, in South Luangwa National Park, which is indeed another good choice as night safaris greatly increase your chance of seeing leopards there. However, Lake Nakuru is arguably a better choice because the leopards here are commonly seen in the daytime – which is a real rarity. This is mainly due to landscape, which has a high density of fever trees which have very thick branches, which the leopards love to sleep in during the day. But also because Nakuru has a low population of lions, making the leopard naturally more prominent.

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