LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guide Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday afternoon we made our way to the area that Tingana had been seen in the morning. He had entered a very thick block, and after doing a few loops around it, we believed he was still in the block, possibly on a kill. We decided to check out the hyena den instead. On our way, we found a hyena in one of the waterholes.
It was soon joined by a rhino cow who drank for about 5 minutes. The rhino then entered the water before coming to sniff our vehicle.
We made it to the hyena den and found a lone female with a young cub. The scene was very cute and everyone got some cute images of mum and cub.
We stopped at a waterhole for drinks where we were joined by 3 rhino, and the two hippos in the water came out and then went for a drink. On the way home we kept an eye out for Tingana but found nothing.
It was our final drive this morning and we decided we would make one last attempt and finding the lion cubs. As we drove out of camp we bumped into a lioness with a male lion. It was an Avoca male and an Nkuhuma female. They flopped onto the ground and we headed north. As we got to Sidney’s dam we found another Avoca male lion having a drink and he was soon joined by the rest of the Nkuhuma pride who all drank. We got some fantastic eye level images of this.
We moved further north and then bumped into a Talamati female who we followed for over an hour. She led us to the other females and another Avoca male lion. To our jubilation, we found the cubs all together and managed to spend some time with them before we had to make the journey back to camp.
All in all it was another fantastic Big Cat Photo Safari. We will be back in a few short weeks- There are only 2 spots remaining for our 18-22 May 2019 Big Cat Photo Safari.