Drive 3 & 4 – Big Cat Photo Safari
We set off on the afternoon drive and within 150 metres from camp, and two minutes into the drive, we found Karula, the Queen of Djuma.
She was lying in the shade in a drainage line next to the road. We managed to get some shots of her as she rolled over and slept. After 20 minutes she was up and heading off into the bush for a game of cat and mouse. We tried to preempt her movements but she was always one step ahead.
After she disappeared into the drainage line in front of the lodge we decided to move on and found a herd of elephants at the lodge waterhole. Our guests got some great images of the elephants drinking and enjoyed watching a young calf’s antics as it tried to control its trunk and have drink. We then received a call that Karula was inside the camp and stalking some Nyala. We rushed into the lodge but couldn’t find her. After hearing her vocalising and with some further searching we found her crossing the open area in front of the lodge. We managed to get some shots of her in the spotlight before heading back to the lodge for drinks around the fire and an amazing dinner.
We woke up this morning to some male lions calling right next to the lodge and followed up immediately on drive. We soon found a male covered in fresh blood and he lead us straight to a buffalo kill. There we found the Nkuhuma pride with all eight cubs and another large Birmingham males.
We sat for nearly two hours at the kill and collectively our guests took thousands of images. Some of the cubs were covered in blood whilst others buried their heads into the carcass to feed. The interaction and images our guests captured of it were spectacular. The morning light added a new dimension and everyone was extremely happy with their images.
After a coffee stop we headed back to the lodge for brunch and a post-processing session.