LIVE UPDATE from our Big Cat Photo Safari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Villiers Steyn & Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday afternoon our guests arrived at Djuma excited for the next 8 days ahead. Guests were briefed before enjoying a light lunch together. We then got gear ready and headed out on drive.
We soon found a big male leopard at a carcass close to camp. He was lying on the ground on one side of a drainage line. On the other side of the drainage line we found his 2 year old son. This was was a great sighting as it meant each of our vehicles had a male leopard to photograph.
We spent almost 2 hours with with the two leopards as they occasionally lifted their heads and sized each other up. At one stage one of the leopards stalked a bush buck nearby.
Two hyenas arrived on the scene and kept the leopards alert. eventually, the older of the two leopards decided to jump into the tree where the carcass was hanging and started eating. With light fading and the photographic opportunities decreasing, we left the sighting and went to Buffelshoek waterhole for a sun-downer stop. On our way, we enjoyed a sighting of some elephant with calves. We then enjoyed a drink as the full moon rose on the horizon, before heading back to the lodge for dinner.
We woke up this morning to a major weather change. It was windy and cool as a cold front was moving in. Last night we heard lions roaring to the north of camp and decided to try and locate them. We had just reached the Manyeleti boundary when a call came on the radio that some wild dogs had been found. We headed to the dogs but unfortunately they had chased some kudu over the boundary and we missed them.
We continued our search for the lions and soon found them, but unfortunately, they were lying on the other side of our boundary in the Manyeleti reserve. After looking at the lions through binoculars, we moved on and bumped into a large breeding herd of buffalo. We spent a long time with them as they surrounded the vehicles. Ox-peckers were in abundance and we used to opportunity to get some excellent shots of them and the buffalo.
The wind then became very icy and clouds moved in so we sought the comfort of some coffee and hot chocolate at a waterhole nearby. We then headed back to the lodge for a hot breakfast and will possible look for the lions again this afternoon.