While the big cats – Lion, Leopard and Cheetah – are the most sought after animals on any safari, the Kruger National Park region is home to three smaller species of cat, the Caracal, Serval and African Wild Cat. Caracal is a very scarce, Serval is seen now and then, but if you visit Satara Rest Camp, there are good chances of seeing African Wild Cat. And you don’t even have to go on a night drive to have a chance of seeing this forerunner of the domestic cat. In a classic example of how cats perhaps became domesticated in the first place, one or more African Wild Cats have recently taken up residence within the camp grounds. We’re not quite sure how many there are in the camp, perhaps two at most, but for now we’ll assume that it’s one cat. At first it was really skittish, only venturing in among the huts late at night. Over time, and with people feeding it meat from their braais (the local version of the barbeque) – incidentally feeding of any animal in a National Park is actually prohibited – it has become very used to people and will approach to within a few feet. There are also resident Honey Badgers within the camp, and the great thing about doing your own braais, as opposed to eating in the restaurant, is that you generally see more nocturnal wildlife. But back to the camp cat – the bottom line is that African Wild Cat has gone from an occasional record to close to a guarantee, as long as you are staying at Satara. On this particular occasion the cat came past my hut early in the morning, before the sun was up. Lighting conditions weren’t great and I was hand holding my camera, so I had to bump up the ISO to 1250 to even hope for a sharp shot. Fortunately, one was sharp, a reminder that, if conditions aren’t favourable, you need to take a lot of photos to increase your chances of getting one or two winners.