LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Villiers Steyn & Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday afternoon our guests arrived for the penultimate #BigCatPhotoSafari of 2018. After a light lunch and briefings we headed out on drive. We heard that it was a quiet morning sighting wise and hoped that would change. We saw some hippos out in the open and some rhino having mud bath. We also saw a Barred-Owlet in a nesting hole which was great.
We had a great sighting of some hyena and plenty of general game before we decided to stop for a drink at Treehouse dam. We had a great drink stop and were visited by a hyena. As we were leaving the pan, a leopard arrived for a drink. It was male leopard Hosana. He allowed everyone a great chance to get some drinking shots of him. We then tried some back-lit shots before Hosana decided to lie down for a nap. Thereafter, we headed back to camp for dinner.
This morning we woke up to the sound of calling leopards and lions. A fantastic way to wake up. We headed out and followed up on the lions. On the way however, we bumped into female leopard Thandi. She was atop a termite mound. She descended and we followed her but she was on a serious mission. She headed into a very thick block and we didn’t follow her.
We headed onwards and saw some elephant, rhinos and general game before we found one of the male lions. He was alone and sitting up. We got a few shots of him. While in the sighting, a leopard arrived, it was Tingana. He is looking massive and very healthy. He dodged the lion and moved away. We followed him for a while as he climbed termite mounds and sat on top of them briefly.
We then had a great coffee stop before heading back to the lodge. On our way home however, we bumped into another leopard, it was Hosana. He posed beautifully for us and brought the leopard tally to 3 for the drive. A great start to the trip!
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