This is the intense moment caught on film of a bold lion sneaking up on an unsuspecting leopard having a nap.

Matthew Poole (26), a professional guide at Mala Mala Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands, watched this exciting scene play itself out right before him and his excited guests.

Leopard relaxing at Mala Mala Game Reserve in South Africa1

A Lion on the hunt noticed the Leopard and started stalking it

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Noticing the Leopard was sleepy the Lion decided to take its chance

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The huge male lion slowly crept up the bank4

Suddenly the Lion leapt up to the leopard and surprised it

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The startled Leopard rolled over to try and defend itself

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It jumped up and began swiping at the Lion with its claws

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The Lion and Leopard continued their feud

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Before the Leopard leapt off the ledge while swiping at the Lion and made a run for it

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The Lion began to give chase

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The whole incident was witnessed by these tourists on safari.

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All pictures courtesy of Latestsightings.com