LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guide Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday afternoon we headed out to see what we could find. Everyone was keen to see the lion cubs and we headed north to see if we could find them. Unfortunately, there was no sign of them and we continued onwards. We stopped to photograph some hippo before having a sundowner stop.
It was dark by the time we headed homewards, when we heard that Hukumuri Male Leopard had crossed east onto Djuma. We were not sure exactly where but tried to find him anyway. Luck was on our side and we finally bumped into him close to Sidney’s dam.
We believed he was going to drink but instead he patrolled and rolled in something on the ground before turning around and heading back west. As he entered the bush a small scrub hare bolted onto the road and in a flash Hukumuri chased and pounced right in front of the vehicle in the road. He caught the hare and then left it alive and played with it.
A hyena heard the commotion and joined. Hukumuri then jumped into a dead Marula tree and posed beautifully for us. Everyone got some fantastic images of him with the black background. A truly exciting sighting.
This morning we headed out north and again tried to find the lion cubs. We were again unlucky and then went east and checked the Kruger boundary for cheetah and wild dogs but came up empty handed. We did have a lovely hyena sighting at a waterhole where we photographed it drinking.
We tried some panning shots on some wildebeest and impala before stopping on second rock for coffee.
On the way back to camp we found the first buffalo of this trip but he was not interested in us and moved into the bush. The birds were also out this morning and we got a few nice images of some raptors.