This cat on a tree limb and the tiny roadside sign were the marking for the lodge. We missed the sign and had to turn around to come back to find the dirt driveway into the place.
The lodge was much plusher than we'd expected. The staff was so friendly and willing and able to offer discounts to us for our rooms. The rooms were the nicest we've seen in a long time and for a mere $20/pp per night. We were offered a free coffee/tea/hot chocolate even though we arrived well past the time that such amenities are normally kept stocked. This tooled leather hide on the wall in reception area was very nicely done--a piece of art on the wall,
An extra "Wild Cat Walk" was arranged for us even though the latest scheduled one had just left. The lodge keeps two caracals, two cheetahs and a leopard on their grounds. Clemmons, our guide, agreed to let the four of us come with him for the price of three and we headed off to the pen where the caracals are kept. They are a small cat, able to jump 2 meters straight up to catch birds. The pair, Romeo and Juliet, have been here for years and are used to humans.
The facial markings are quite striking.
Oscar moves away, but we follow.
These jaws of a leopard can lift twice their weight to drag and hang a kill up in a tree.