BY TREVOR MCCALL-PEAT & VILLIERS STEYN
We left the lodge just before sunrise this morning intent on finding a leopard. We soon got word that a leopard had been found and headed in that direction. The leopard was shy and went into a drainage line before we arrived. We spent quite a bit of time trying to relocate the cat without any success.
After moving on we bumped into the cheetah family again and managed to get one or two more shots of the three cubs and their mother before they moved into some thick vegetation.
As if it were planned, we then found a young male leopard, known as Vutomi, next to a seasonal pan. He was full of inquisitive energy and was playfully stalking some terrapin in the pan. He posed beautifully on a log and lay regally on a small island in the pan. Our guests managed to bag some fantastic shots of the leopard as he posed, stalked and leaped from one side of the pan to the other. He eventually managed to catch a terrapin which he disposed of before posing beautifully for us again. After being out on drive for a solid 4 hours, we decided a hearty brunch was in order and headed back to the lodge. On the way we found a large breeding herd of elephants, including a tiny calf and a massive bull who all surrounded the vehicles. Magic!
After brunch some of our guests joined us for a Lightroom basics session before relaxing for the afternoon.
After a light lunch, we headed out for our afternoon drive and attempted to relocate the young male leopard without any luck. We then decided to move on and stopped at a waterhole where our guests got some great backlit images of hippo as they rose from the depths and blew water droplets from their nostrils.
After a quick sundowner we headed back towards the lodge and bumped into a one of the Birmingham Male lions and two Nkuhuma females. This allowed us an opportunity to get some great backlit and side lit images using spotlights. The male seemed interested in one of the females and followed her about.
We then headed back to the lodge for dinner. Tomorrow we plan on following up on the lions first thing in the morning.