LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Villiers Steyn & Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday afternoon we headed out on a beautiful afternoon. We soon bumped into a small breeding herd of elephants and spent some time with them as they got really close to us. Our intention was to look for lions. We had heard that a male lion was in the north and headed in that direction. When we arrived at the sighting, the lion was fast asleep and we decided to move on.
A large breeding herd of buffalo were at a nearby pan and we made our way there. It was an amazing photographic sighting. The herd was in a large open area, and managed to kick up dust constantly. As the sun set, the scene turned into something very special. We spent the remainder of the drive amongst the herd. Everyone was able to take some magical shots of the buffalo as they drank, fought, chased each other and some males mounted one another. The light was a beautiful orange and filled the air. We left the buffalo and stopped for a drink before heading back to camp.
This morning we headed out and wanted to search for a pride of lions. We found tracks of lions all over and eventually managed to find a track we could follow. We soon bumped into two sub-adult lions who are suffering from an extreme case of mange. They were however, on a fresh warthog kill and looked well-fed but their condition left them looking extremely unhealthy and uncomfortable.
We left the sick lions and spent some time with elephant in the soft overcast light before deciding to look for the male lions. We were unable to find any tracks of the male lions which was strange, we did, however, find a spotted hyena. We stopped for coffee at Hunter’s Moon.
During drive, we saw plenty of different raptor species and a green pigeon. We managed to find a large white rhino bull who we were able to photograph. This afternoon we hope to get back on the trail of the big cats.
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