LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Lance van de Vyver and Villiers Steyn.
Yesterday afternoon, we welcomed new guests to the lodge for our final Big Cat Photo Safari of 2019. We had a light lunch before being briefed on the next 5 days. It was freezing and windy when we headed into the reserve, and we were not too confident of seeing much, however, we were wrong. We managed to find and spend some time with the unnamed male we had seen in the morning. He is still shy but it was nice to watch him and the three skulking hyenas hanging around his kill in the tree.
We then headed east and bumped into the Purple-Eyed Nkuhuma lioness on the way to her den site. Although she called to her cubs, they did not emerge from the den, we believe due to the weather. We were then lucky enough to bump into female leopard Tlalamba hunting some impala and nyala close to Buffelshoek Dam. She was unsuccessful but we were able to capture some lovely images of her. We also saw a honey badger at the dam.
This morning we again headed out in cold windy conditions. Male lions had been roaring around camp in the night and we started searching for them. Our trackers are world class and we managed to find two Avoca males resting nearby very soon. We finally had some sunlight breaking through the clouds which made for some stunning images.
We headed east and on the way viewed female leopard Thandi as she lay up on a dam wall on a neighbouring property. She was a fair distance away and we continued east where we found female leopard Mondzo resting up on a termite mound.
She is an extremely relaxed cat and posed beautifully for us before moving to another termite mound and posing there as well. Finally our leopard drought is over.