• Here are the latest wildlife pictures captured by the Cape Leopard Trust's Motion Cameras

    Aardwolf makes its first appearance
    on the cameras at Klipbokkop
    BF5 Nala first female leopard
    caught on camera at Klipbokkop
    Nala (BF5) BM20 or scar, scentmarking his territory

  • Now that we are all back home, I just wanted to take this opportunity on behalf of our group to say a huge thank you to you and all the team at Klipbokkop. The time spent there exceeded all of my hopes and expectations, and many of the boys have commented that their favourite part of the trip was whist we were with you. I cannot thank you enough for looking after us so well, and for making us feel so welcome.

    Martyn Powell | St Paul's School, London, UK

    During a recent visit by students from the St. Paul School of London, they were introduced to some of the variety of fauna and flora of the Cape Floristic Kingdom at Klipbokkop. With the guidance of Gerhard Groenewald and his team, they explored some of the different scenarios and terrains at Klipbokkop.

    Anita Meyer from Cape Leopard Trust Boland Projects, gave a talk during their first evening and the students walked with her the next morning, to visit some of the fixed cameras and was very excited to find the evidence of spoor, scats and pictures of the first leopard cub ever recorded by these cameras at Klipbokkop.

    During the second afternoon, well-known herpetologist Marius Burger, accompanied the students on a walk in the mountains where they went in search of lizzards, etc. Marius gave a talk during the evening and encouraged the guys to follow their dreams and all to become herps. Soccer fever also ran high and the boys used every opportunity to kick ball, with our local “Bafana Bafana” players, Hendrik and Erik. ((We had a wonderful time showing you around and hope to have you back soon.

  • Latest photos caught on the motion sensor camera's of the Cape Leopard Trust.

  • When we started the Boland Project back in March 2010, one of the first properties we visited was the Klipbokkop Mountain Reserve near Brandvlei dam. On the wall in the reception area hung a photograph of a beautiful male leopard, taken on the property in 2001 with a home-made camera trap. We set up one of our cameras at that exact same spot, and could not believe it when a couple of months later we got images of this very same leopard – now much older and certainly a lot wiser! In the two years since we have had numerous photographs of BM7, showing him to be regularly patrolling his territory and successfully defending it against other males. This is the longest photographic record of a leopard in the Western Cape and this cat is estimated to be at least 14 years old. BM7 was named “BJK1” after being adopted by BJK Industries at a CLT fundraising auction in 2010. Due to his old age, he has also affectionately been nicknamed “Oupa”, and he has gained an almost legendary status. BM7 was successfully captured and collared in September 2012, and his collar data showed that he was maintaining a fair area of prime mountain territory, but that he was also utilising some sub-optimal territory in the lower-lying valley. He was still successfully hunting and marking his territory, and although he certainly moved around less than his younger rivals, he was in no way incapacitated by old age. Sadly, the wheel of life keeps on turning, and BM7 recently passed away. He has given us very valuable insight into leopard ecology and behaviour – BJK1, Oupa – we salute you!

    By Jeannie Hayward & Anita Meyer

    CLT Boland Project

  • Meet the new resident leopard on patrol: Scar or BM20

  • Baboon and Klipspringer families walking during daytime

  • Porcupines, honey badgers and bat-ear foxes are more nocturnal animals that frequents our mountain trails

  • The large spotted genet cat and African Wildcat also hunts at night.