LIVE UPDATE from Villiers Steyn & Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday afternoon we headed out on drive and began our search for leopards close to camp. Our trackers soon found female leopard tracks and began the tracking process. The tracks lead us on a wild goose chase and soon we stumbled onto a fresher set of tracks of another female leopard, but this set of tracks was accompanied by a cub’s tracks (we assumed Thandi and cub). The vehicles followed the tracks but unfortunately had no luck in locating the leopards. Deciding that we deserved some refreshment, we had an amazing drinks stop close by, hoping that the leopards may appear thereafter. Whilst we were having drinks we heard frantic Kudu alarm calls and quickly hopped on the vehicles to follow up. Again, the leopard eluded us and we came up empty handed and defeated. We then made the journey home stopping for a chameleon on the way. A quiet drive but great to be in the bush.
This morning we headed out determined to find a leopard after the tough evening we had yesterday. The team decided to follow up on some tracks close to camp. Soon after leaving camp we found a young elephant bull who stood quietly next to the vehicle and allowed everyone to get some close up shots of his pierced ears, skin, eyes and tusks. General game were plentiful this morning and we had an interesting sighting of a gorgeous Nyala bull chewing on a bone.
Our trackers found some male leopard tracks close to Jacana Dam and soon we found some female leopard tracks with the male tracks. The tracks were so fresh that we could see saliva on the road where the male had walked. Unbelievably, we found a third set of leopard tracks, another male. Our minds raced with predictions of what must be happening close by. Our trackers headed into the bush and soon let us know that they had found two male leopards fighting- it was Tingana and Gijima.
We made our way into the block and caught up with a bloodied Tingana. He was walking with a strut in his step. We did not see Gijima who had disappeared. Tingana moved through the bush and a few open areas which was brilliant for photography. He finally settled down next to a pan and we parked the vehicles perfectly to get some photo opportunities of the big male drinking. Everyone was thoroughly excited and happy with the resulting images.
On the way back to camp we heard that some wild dogs had moved onto Djuma and made a turn in that direction. When we arrived at the sighting, the dogs had moved into a very thick area and the visual was extremely poor. We decided to leave the dogs and will follow up on them this afternoon.
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