LIVE UPDATE from Villiers Steyn & Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday afternoon we headed out and immediately followed up on Thandi. It had rained a fair bit during the day and the roads were wet. When we arrived where we left Thandi in the morning, our vehicles made a decision to split up. One vehicle was to search for Thandi and the other vehicle was to search for the Torchwood Pride. We followed the tracks of Thandi as she moved through Torchwood, even seeing where she stopped for a drink at one stage. Eventually we lost her trail as the sun began to dip. Our other vehicle was unsuccessful in finding the lions and a decision was made to meet at Lilly Pond to try a photograph some hippos at eye level.
We were lucky as the hippos were quite active and our guests were able to try some slow shutter shots to get the water flicked from the hippos ears to show movement in their images. Guests also managed to test their ISO capabilities with some going as high as 12800ISO to freeze motion in the low light. It was a great success with most of our guests telling us that they had always dreamed of doing something like this and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and opportunity. Whilst at Lilly Pond we had a glorious final sun-downers together before we made a slow journey back to camp.
During the night we had a massive storm and a lot of rain. When we headed out this morning it was crisp and misty. We made our way north to enjoy the misty sunrise on the bigger open plains and took some backlit images of some zebra and some misty sunrise shots. We then headed back south and found an amazing small breeding herd of elephants. It was an extremely special sighting as the elephants moved in really close to us and just stood there with us. The mist added an extra level to this sighting and it truly felt as though we connected with the elephants in this sighting. All of a sudden a leopard began calling nearby. We were so enjoying our elephant sighting that it took 5 leopard calls before we decided to see if we could find the leopard. We left the elephants and parked nearby to listen again.
Whilst we were parked, our tracker spotted a leopard at least 150 meters away lying in the top of a very tall tree. We headed there and discovered it was Thandi. She has truly been the star of the last 4 days and was sprawled on a branch in the sun. We think she may have fled the leopard calls and gone into the tree to hide. Our guests got some great shots of her and, as we were about to leave, she gave a big yawn, walked along a branch and then jumped out of the tree. It was the perfect goodbye for our guests. With big smiles we headed back to camp, had a quick breakfast before bidding our guests farewell, and headed home ourselves. We will be back in Djuma in less than 3 weeks (09-13 and 13-17 June) and still have a few spots available. Why not join us and experience a #BigCatPhotoSafari for yourself? Mail us or get further info below.
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