The unseasonal winter rain meant that we did not go on drive yesterday morning. Instead, our guests enjoyed some extra sleep and a hearty breakfast together. Morning training consisted of two sessions where we taught guests various wildlife photography techniques and skills such as panning shots, spotlight photography and freezing motion.
Once the rain had abated we headed out for an extended 5 hour afternoon drive. The animals were clearly hunkered down in the cold weather. This allowed our guests time to practice freezing motion shots and other techniques they had learnt in the morning. The highlight of the drive was a sighting of two honey badgers as they crossed the road in front of the vehicle as well as two spotted genets on the way back to the lodge.
This morning we headed out early and decided to traverse the Black Rhino Concession. The weather was still freezing but spirits high. We got some great portraits of a muddy herd of wildebeest before moving on. We noticed three light shapes in the road ahead of us. A tail flick gave away their identity, Cheetah, a coalition of three.
This was some of our guests’ first wild cheetah sighting and their excitement was contagious. We spent over an hour with them as they moved along the road, sometimes right next to the vehicle, getting plenty of great shots. Because of the overcast conditions we decided to give panning shots a try and our guests managed to get some really amazing results, having learnt the technique just yesterday.
We stopped for some welcome coffee and hot chocolate before heading back to the cheetahs for a few more shots. We then headed back to the lodge for a hearty brunch and the last of the lectures. This afternoon we will head back to the cheetah and weather permitting, attempt some astrophotography this evening.