Afternoon Drive – 2 August
After a great start with many photo opportunities on our first two drives of the Safari we had breakfast followed by our first post-processing session. Our guests had the opportunity to learn more about shooting out in the field, camera setting and some great tips and tricks when editing their images.
Ready to take that extra knowledge into the field we headed out on drive, ready to put it into action.
With plenty of Leopard tracks around camp we decided to follow up and hopefully find one. After plenty of time tracking, the Leopards seemed to be avoiding us. We then came across one of the biggest herd of dagga boys (old male Buffalo) that we have seen, we managed to get some great shots of these characters in the afternoon light before stopping for a drink, taking in the spectacular view of the sun dipping behind the Drakensberg mountains.
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Back on the vehicles we heard of a Big Male leopard that had been spotted not far from where we were having our drinks. Again the cat disappeared into the dark.
On the way back to the camp we got a call that they had found another leopard. One of the greatest assets we have on these safaris is flexibility, which many lodges don’t. So we did a U-turn in the parking lot and headed back out. This was the fourth leopard in the area close to camp, however he disappeared into the dark as well.
With the leopards playing games on drive, we were all ready for a good meal and some laughs. After dinner, to many peoples disbelief a Leopard showed up right in front of the lodge deck! With only a few of us able to see it before it disappeared we will be on the search for them again in the morning.
Morning Drive – 3 August
This morning we headed off looking for some spots.
While out following the tracks of the Big Male Leopard we had some great sightings of a massive Rhino Bull, a herd of Zebra in the morning light, a Saddle-billed Stork as well as a Honey Badger!
Then a moment that brought massive smiles to all our faces! Cats, with spots. However it was not the sighting we were expecting it was a rare sighting of two Cheetah brothers. We were able to follow them for some time through some thick bush until they settled down in an open area where they rested. It was such a special sighting to see these two boys bond, rolling over one another, licking, purring and best of all in an opening just a few meters from our vehicle.
With an ecstatic group of photographers, we headed home for some breakfast all eager to download some of our images from a memorable sighting!
This afternoon we continue the search for the last Big Cat on our list!