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 left camp and five minutes later we found male leopard Tingana. We spent the next 90 minutes with him as he walked through the bush and eventually settled down on a termite mound. As the sun dipped and the light turned an auburn gold, the images everyone was able to capture were amazing.
Whilst with Tingana, we spotted male leopard Umfokazi. We followed up on him but he did not hang around very long. Then as we left the sighting, we bumped into another leopard, this time an unknown leopardess. She was extremely shy and raced off with her head down. We think it is the female that has two cubs and is sometimes seen in Buffelshoek.
We stopped for a celebratory drink at a nearby waterhole before making our way back to camp. On our way back to camp we found male leopard Hosana at the small pan in front of camp and got some amazing spot-lit images of him drinking. We had seen an impressive four adult leopards on drive. We got back to camp early to set up for the lunar eclipse and whilst we were busy photographing it, a female leopard, Thandi, arrived at the pan in front of camp. A magical ending to a fine day on safari.
This morning we headed out and followed up on the leopards at the pan. Hosanna was still there and was slowly waking up. He decided to play some games and was racing around and playing like a kitten in front of us. He climbed logs and rolled in the grass, it was great to witness. He did this for the next 15 minutes. Unfortunately, the sun was not yet up and photography was difficult, but our guests loved the experience. As luck would have it, the sun was just peeping over the horizon when Hosanna decided to move into some thick bush.
We left and went in search of some elephants which we had not yet seen and headed east to check the Torchwood property without luck. We followed up on some lion tracks but they crossed south out of the property. Coffee was in order and we made a stop at Kudu Corner before winding our way back to camp. We saw some nice herds of general game on the way. This afternoon we plan on searching for more big cats.