LIVE UPDATE from our Big Cat Photo Safari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Villiers Steyn & Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday, after a light lunch, we set off with our new guests on drive. 5 minutes into drive, we bumped into a large herd of breeding elephants on their way to drink at the pan in front of the lodge. It was an amazing scene and, at one stage we were surrounded by elephants. Everyone managed to get some great shots of the elephants drinking and interacting.
After the elephants moved off, we checked up on the Nkuhuma Pride. They were all asleep so we left them and drove to the boundary to check for any wild dog tracks coming in. We didn’t find any tracks and headed back to the lions. They were starting to wake up and groom themselves and one another. Some elephants arrived on scene and the lions got up and moved around a bit, allowing us a few photographic opportunities.
A call came over the radio that Tingana was drinking at the pan in front of Galago camp and we headed there. We arrived just as he was finished. Suddenly another shy leopard appeared and we decided to follow the shy leopard. We then realised it was Hosana. He was being closely followed by Tingana but occasionally stalked some scrub hares as he went.
He eventually ended up at the pan in front of Vuyatela where he had a long drink with some spectacular reflections and our guests all got some super images of this. Having spent some good time with Hosana, we left him for the night and headed back to camp for dinner.
This morning we could hear both leopard and lion calls to the north. We made our way in that direction to see what we could find. We tracked lions for a long time but the tracks were confusing as the lions were split up all over the place. After a valiant effort we had heard that wild dogs had been found and changed our plans. We managed to track them down just after they had taken a steenbok down. They quickly devoured the small meal before getting on the run again.
We followed as they ran for a good 2-3 kilometres before settling down. We had a great sighting with them and many good photographic opportunities. We left the dogs and stopped for coffee on second rock before slowly making our way back to camp. We also saw, rhino, elephant and an African Wild Cat on drive this morning.