BY TREVOR MCCALL-PEAT & VILLIERS STEYN
This morning we decided to drive to the northern boundary of the Sabi Sands in search of the Nkuhuma lion pride. It was an extremely misty morning and the landscape was cloaked in an eerie blanket of white. We soon found the lions’ tracks but, unfortunately, they had crossed in the Manyeleti Game Reserve.
We carried on our way and stumbled upon a mother cheetah with three cubs. She too was in the Manyeleti Game Reserve (beyond our travers) and was quite a distance away from us. It was not an ideal photographic opportunity but, nonetheless, we enjoyed spending time watching the cubs playing and moving through the long grass.
We stopped for coffee at Big Dam and decided to search for some rhino to complete our Big Five for the trip. We later found a large cow with two sub-adults who we spent 20 minutes with as they milled around our vehicles. We then headed back to camp for a hearty breakfast.
Our guests enjoyed another brilliant Lightroom workshop before a light lunch and afternoon drive. It was extremely hot and humid so we decided to check some waterholes. We bumped into a large breeding herd of elephants before we were alerted to some vervet monkeys alarm calling. This was soon followed by some Impala alarm calls. We knew a predator must have been spotted and quickly followed up!
As we came around a bend in the road, we found a leopard, it was the young female Xongile. The light in the grasses on either side of her was spectacular. We photographed her as she went about her business. She then headed to a waterhole where she managed to catch a terrapin dinner. After taking the meal into some long grass we decided to leave her and her snack and move on.
We then had an amazing sundowner stop next to a dam, accompanied by the most stunning sunset. On the way back to the lodge we found a white faced owl, a first for some of our guests and a truly stunning raptor. Tomorrow we plan to follow up on some lions that were heard close to the lodge this evening.