Drive 7 & 8 – Big Cat Photo Safari
On our first group of guests’ final evening drive, we headed straight to the Quarantine Male leopard with his two kills. When we arrived we found him fast asleep in a large Tamboti tree. He eventually woke up and descended. We were able to get some great images of him as he ate the stomach lining of his impala kill on the ground. He then lay on a termite mound and posed beautifully for our guests. After collecting images of him we decided to head off for sundowners on First Rock with our guests before heading back to the lodge for a braai and drinks around the fire.
Our last morning drive started off at the old buffalo carcass where we found a few spotted hyenas and at least 20 vultures. The hyenas picked at the carcass before moving on. Chaos then ensued as the vultures descended onto the kill, fighting each other for the leftovers. Amongst the White-Backed and Hooded Vultures, we were really lucky to find a Cape Vulture feeding too. A great sighting in the open with beautiful light.
After moving on, we found the lions again, this time with two buffalo kills, they were feeding veraciously. The large males would not let the females near the kill and the occasional a fight broke out between them. One of the males was covered in dark blood and the early morning sunlight glistened in the blood. Our guests captured some truly special and spectacular photos of him and the other lions.
After a quick coffee break we headed back to the lodge for a final brunch before bidding farewell to our first group of guests.