LIVE UPDATE from our Big Cat Photo Safari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Villiers Steyn & Lance van de Vyver.
Our guests arrived at Djuma Private Game Reserve excited for the next few days on #BigCatPhotoSafari. After a light lunch and briefing we headed out on drive. It turned into a drive where we didn’t even have to cover more than 5kms. Knowing that a young male leopard, Hosana, had been hanging around camp the last week, we followed up on him first. We soon found him asleep next to a small pan and decided to wait for him to wake up.
It took almost two hours with until he eventually stirred and got up. He stretched like a yogi before making his way away from the small pan. He moved into a thick drainage line where we could not follow.
Some lions had been seen not too far away and we headed towards them. We soon caught up with the entire Nkuhuma Pride, 11 individuals on the move. They were heading towards camp and walking in the road. It was an amazing experience to follow them as they moved through the darkness. They were roughly 400 meters from camp when we decided to leave them and head back home for dinner.
This morning we woke to a misty Sabi Sand Wildtuin. We checked around camp for signs of Hosana and the lions but were unable to find either. A leopardess and her cub had been seen yesterday and we decided to try and track them down. We soon found their tracks which led us on a long loop. Conditions in the thick mist made tracking difficult and we soon lost the trail. Along the way we saw two gorgeous Bateleurs sitting in a dead tree and some gorgeous waterbuck who we spent time photographing.
A call came in that Hosana was close to camp again and we drove in that direction. We found Hosana in the top of a tree with remnants of what we think was a wild dog kill. We managed to see him leap out of the tree before he headed to a nearby termite mound and then settled down in some shade for the day. He was a flat cat and we then went and stopped for coffee before we drove back to back to the lodge for brunch followed by some post-processing sessions.