LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Villiers Steyn & Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday evening we headed out to the east to see if we could get lucky with some wild dogs, or leopards we had not yet seen. We found some elephants and rhino along the way but the bush was otherwise very quiet. After a leisurely drive we found a pair of lions who we assume were in a mating cycle but they were both sleeping flat in the grass and did not get up for us.
We did not stay long with them and moved off to have a lovely sun downer with our guests. On the way home we had a fantastic sighting of a Verreaux’s Eagle Owl who we sat with for 15 minutes as he called out into the darkness.
This morning we headed out and checked boundaries for wild dogs but came up empty handed. We found some male leopard tracks and 20 meters behind us we found Gijima Male Leopard on a termite mound. He is very skittish but we got a few images of him before he slinked away.
The heavens opened and we got rain soaked! After finding some fresh lion tracks, a hyena came bolting out of the bush followed by four lionesses on the move. It was the Talamati pride and we then followed them (in the rain) for over an hour until they crossed into the Manyeleti. Unfortunately, they did not have the cub/s with them.
We then stopped for coffee at triple pan before heading home for a hot brunch and a change of clothes. On the way we saw plenty of plains game including a journey of seven giraffe.