We set off early this morning and headed towards where Karula was last seen, however, she was no longer near her kill and we moved on.
After finding some lion tracks, we followed them until we found a large male lion, one of the Birmingham coalition, sitting close to small pan. He yawned and looked towards us in some beautiful early morning light which provided some wonderful photo opportunities.
We stopped on a large granite outcrop where we shared some hot chocolate and coffee with our guests and discussed the morning’s sightings.
When we heard that Karula was back at her kill, we made our way to her. We found her sprawled out on a tree branch, sunning herself. She climbed down which allowed our guests an opportunity to get some great action shots. Karula’s cubs are still very skittish and we only caught glimpses of them as they hid in the grass below.
We left Karula in peace and headed back to the lodge for a hearty brunch and some post-processing training with our guests.
We started this afternoon by following up on some leopard tracks close to camp but were unsuccessful in locating their maker. After moving on, our trackers had soon found 4 female lionesses of the Nkuhuma Pride. They were well hidden and asleep in some very dense bush so we decided to check up on them later in the evening.
A nearby watering hole provided plenty of photographic action as a breeding herd of buffalo quenched their thirst, soon joined by an elephant. We then headed off in search of the Birmingham coalition of male lions who rule the northern parts of the Sabi Sands. We found the three of them sleeping in an open area. We left the sighting for a brief sundowner stop before heading back, and were just in time to photograph them as they woke up, yawned, groomed and as if in a finale, roared all around us. What an experience!
On the way back to camp we bumped into the Nkuhuma lionesses sleeping in the road and managed a few nice shots before heading back to the lodge for some celebratory drinks around the fire and dinner together.