LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Villiers Steyn & Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday afternoon we decided we would give all our attention to tracking and finding leopards. We split up and found leopard tracks everywhere. It was tough to know where the leopards were going but we persevered. A call on the radio let us know that a young female leopard crossed into Djuma and we made our way there. We found Tlalamba at Twin Dams. The Nkuhuma lion pride were also resting at the dam and Tlalamba kept her distance and stared in their direction.
Thankfully for us, she moved on and eventually mounted herself onto a termite mound. This provided us with fantastic photographic opportunities. Our guests managed to take some unforgettable images of her. The leopard drought was over. We made our way back to camp and, on the way, we saw a leveret (baby scrub hare), a snake in a tree and some chameleons.
This morning we were 5 minutes out of camp when we bumped into Hukumuri Male Leopard. We managed to follow him for 20-30mins using the spotlight before he completely disappeared like only a leopard can. It was fantastic to see him again, especially after trying to find him for the past 6 days. We tried to relocate him, but unfortunately couldn’t.
We then headed north where we photographed a side-stried jackal before we returned south and visited the hyena den. It was full of action as the mums carried the cubs around by the scruff of their necks and the youngsters played. It was a fantastic sighting full of interaction.
We then headed off for coffee and bumped into Tingana Male leopard and had a top class sighting of him drinking- one of our best drinking sightings of the big male to date (we have had numerous sightings over the years). Our guests we thoroughly excited and blown away by the morning’s sightings and everyone headed back to camp with big smiles across their faces.