Ok! So I also fell for it! It's just a statue! A life-size leopard placed on a rock in Hout Bay overlooking the sea waters of The Atlantic on the west side of The Cape Town peninsula. The piece of art is dedicated to the last leopard spotted here in 1937. Not many people know of it or even know it's there sitting all by itself through the last couple of decades.
The bronze leopard was created by Ivan Milford-Barberton in 1963 and placed strategically on a piece of rock in the ocean, visible from land and roads or from boats sailing around Hout Bay. For those who do not intend to look for it, the silhouette of a leopard in the Cape Town sunset can be quite a suprise when discovered and with a certain degree of realism might even have you think that it's a real one!
The statue can be found as one leaves Hout Bay on your way to Chapman's Peak. On your right, in the ocean, you will find a number of huge, upright boulders standing close together. On one of these you will easily find the leopard statue if you are knowingly looking for it. Ask your guide to point it out when joining our Cape Point tours.
The Cape Town Experience Crew