FROM VILLIERS STEYN & JOSHUA MCPHAIL
We arrived at Nkorho Bush Lodge in the Sabi Sands to some crisp overcast weather. Our guests (comprising of mainly foreigners) arrived at the lodge and after a quick lunch and briefing we headed out early into the bush to explore.
Not ten minutes into drive, we found a pack of 9 wild dogs. The dogs were lying close to a small pan and were becoming active. They groomed and played before they were joined by a large elephant bull who had a drink at the pan. After spending some quality time with the wild dogs, and, after our guests had managed to successfully take some great images of the highly endangered canines, we headed off.
We immediately went to where a leopard had been seen and found male leopard Thamba posing beautifully for us on a termite mound. We positioned the vehicles to allow our guests to all get some brilliant images of the beautiful young leopard. He posed perfectly, looking straight at us before climbing off the termite mound and lying in the grass next to us.
After our sighting with Thamba, we stopped for a sun-downer and chatted about the afternoon’s sightings and, with high spirits got to know one another. On the way back to the lodge, we bumped into 4 spotted hyena on the Kruger boundary. We did not get any great photo opportunities but, for our guests, it was great to see the hyenas. We had a brilliant dinner under the stars before going to sleep.
This morning we headed out into a chilly Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The sun was a brilliant red and we stopped to allow our guests to get some images of it as it rose. After a quick stop, we stumbled onto some wild dog tracks and, not 200 meters down the road, we found the dogs. They had just finished a Steenbok kill and were playing with the antelope’s skull. The dogs provided some great photographic opportunities as they ran towards the vehicles and played next to us.
The dogs disappeared over the northern boundary and we moved on. We found some rhino and plenty general game as we went. We then heard that some lions were being tracked in the west and headed in that direction. We arrived in the area and found two females from the Ximungwe Pride. They posed beautifully for our guests atop a termite mound. This provided some stunning photographic opportunities for our guests, and everyone was really excited, some only seeing their first lion in the wild.