Afternoon Drive 1 August 2015
Yesterday was the start of another Big Cat Safari.
Our guests arrived keen to get going and find some cats to photograph, but before that we enjoyed a fantastic light lunch getting to know each other with a beautiful view of some buffalo at the waterhole in front of the deck.
All aboard the vehicle with much expectation and excitement, we headed out on a pleasantly warm afternoon, looking for any signs of what had happened near the lodge during the morning.
First up we found a heard of Elephant we had heard near the lodge. This allowed us a good opportunity to get our camera shutters going. After spending some time with them we moved on to see what else we could find.
Moving further North we knew the 5 Birmingham boys were in the area and were hoping to fund this incredible coalition that is pushing South into the Sabi Sands.
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The first sign of hope was a tree full of vultures, which surely meant a kill. Indeed it was. A few twists and turns and we arrived at a young Buffalo Kill.
Two of the boys eating and the rest sleeping. With a beautiful clear sky and the sun setting, we had lovely golden light at a low angle. We got plenty of time to try different angles and get some great shots of the Lions eating and a few iconic yawns too.
Just after sunset we decided to go find a great place for a quick sundowners and celebrate a great start while taking in the gorgeous African sky.
Back on the vehicles, we headed South, hoping to find the Lions in the morning.
On the way back to the lodge we bumped into a Hyena that went down to drink at a nearby waterhole with some Buffalo on the other side. The Hyena the headed off back over the road and way on the way back to it’s den and so we followed. We were then treated to a lovely sighting of the latest edition to the clan who after suckling gave us a little bit of a show tumbling around the termite mound.
As we left the den the Hyenas decided to send us off with some vocalization, which was a great way to end the drive. The rest of the evening was spent with plenty of laughs and excitement discussing the sights of the day.
Morning Drive 2 August 2015
This morning we enjoyed a quick cup of coffee on the deck on a crisp winters morning as the sun started to paint the sky orange. Everyone keen for the first morning drive we made our way to a nearby waterhole.
We then picked up some leopard tracks and spent some time trying to see where this cat was heading. We lost the tracks in some thick bush but it seems as if this female is hanging around close to camp.
Moving on we had some great opportunities to photograph some birds in the morning light. We were lucky enough to see a martial eagle, pearl spotted owlet and yellow billed hornbill with a chameleon.
We then stopped at a waterhole for some coffee while taking in the view and getting some low shots of some Hippo. While we were taking some snaps, our trusty trackers took a walk to see if they could find the lions. Only a few moments later they were back with smiles, they found them.
Before heading back for some breakfast we spent an extra 40 mins or so with these boys as they move to find some shade in an open area near by.
This afternoon we hope to find the Leopard lurking nearby camp.