LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Villiers Steyn & Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday afternoon we set off on drive and headed east in the hope of finding some of the leopards that hold territories in that area. It was scorching hot and we decided to check waterholes as we went. Game was scarce in the heat but we managed to see some rhino and elephants on the way.
We decided to stop early on 2nd rock for sun downers and had a visit from a hyena who had the same idea. After enjoying the beauty and feeling refreshed from a cool beverage, we set off again. We followed up on the Nkuhuma pride and found the pride with one of the Avoca Males lying close to Sidney’s Dam. They were all still flat but we knew they would get active as it cooled down… and they did. We used our spotlights and provided our guests with some fantastic opportunities to get beautiful images of the large male as he sat regally. Everyone was very pleased with the resulting images. After a relatively quiet drive, we headed home and bumped into a few night critters on the way.
This morning we set out in the hope of finding Hukumuri or Xidulu but, after driving though the areas they cross into, we found no sign of either of them. So we decided to head east and see what we could find. On the way we checked the hyena den but it was inactive. Leopard tracks alluded us. We then heard that the Torchwood lion pride was in the south east corner of Torchwood and we made our way there. We found part of the pride that was separated from the rest of the pride who had just crossed into Kruger. Two of the sub-adults played enthusiastically next to us and gave us some great photographic opportunities.
We then slowly made our way back west. On the way we saw a number of raptors including Wahlberg’s Eagle (white morph), Martial Eagle, Bateleurs, Tawny Eagle and White-backed Vulture. After a coffee stop we headed back to camp for brunch.