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 we decided to follow up on some cheetah tracks which had been found in the morning entering Djuma. We have not seen cheetah this year yet and hoped we would be lucky. Fortunately for us, a ground tracking team found the cheetah on foot and we headed into the sighting. On arrival we saw a female cheetah with her two cubs.
We followed up on Tingana and soon caught up with him, close to where we had left him in the morning. He was on the move through a dry riverbed. He then unsuccessfully stalked some impala before settling down next to a small pan before having a long drink.
The big boy was then amazingly joined by female leopard Thandi who was very weary of Tingana. He took no notice of Thandi and carried on down the dry river bed. Thandi then took her chance and also had a drink at the same small pan. We were lucky to get shots of each of the leopards drinking. Tingana sauntered down the riverbed, marking as he went. We took some fantastic images of him on the white river sand. What a special game drive. We then made our way back to camp for our last dinner together.
This morning, on our last drive, we checked up on the cheetah and soon found the three together on a termite mound. It was overcast and the light was not ideal for photography but the sighting was fantastic as the cheetah all played together, running through the grass. This allowed everyone to try some panning shots of the animals moving.
After moving on from the cheetah we managed to find Tingana’s tracks and see where he had caught an Aardvark. Judging by the tracks, it looked like the aardvark dragged Tingana to its burrow and escaped down the hole before closing it up. We unfortunately did not find the leopard. A giraffe then had a drink at a nearby pan and allowed us a chance to get some shots as it balanced awkwardly and drank. We also had a rare sighting of an elephant investigating an old elephant carcass and smelling the bones while it seemed to be ‘mourning’. A fantastic sight and great way to end off our June 2018 #BigCatPhotoSafari.
Look out for more updates as we will be back in Djuma in 5 weeks.