LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guide Lance van de Vyver.
We are back in the Sabi Sands at Djuma for another Big Cat Photo Safari. Our guests arrived in time for a light lunch and briefing before heading out on drive to see what they could find. There were leopard tracks all over the Djuma property and we concentrated on two sets of male leopard tracks which headed in the same direction. Our guide, Rexon, believes that they could be from Tingana and Gijima. We followed the tracks for over an hour before we lost the trail and decided to move on. We heard that the Talamati pride had a wildebeest kill and headed there. We found them.
Amazingly for us, the 5 small cubs were also at the kill. This provided us with excellent opportunities to get images of the cute little cubs as they ate, wrestled each other and interacted with the pride females.
What a start to our trip! We ended off last trip with these cubs, and started this trip with the same cute balls of fluff. We then stopped for sundowners before heading home- on the way we found a cute Barred-Owlet and got some images of it too.
This morning we concentrated on finding leopards. We searched the entire Djuma property but found no tracks, which was weird because yesterday they were everywhere. We bumped into a rhino as we searched.
We headed east into Torchwood and heard that a leopard has been spotted but was lost. We assisted in relocation and bumped into Inkanyeni female leopard. We followed her as she sniffed around the bush. She had lost a kill to some hyena.
We could see that Inkanyeni had fresh suckle marks and after the other vehicles had left we decided to stick with her. We followed her to a large tree and termite mound and took bets where she would pose. She ignored our bets and, instead, headed to another termite mound with two holes in it. She started chuffing.
To our collective awe, a tiny tiny leopard cub emerged from the termite mound. We could not believe our luck. This was the first time this cub had been seen by anyone. Everyone was ecstatic. We all managed to get a few pics of the cub as it came out to mom a few times. It was the cutest little thing and must be less than 8 weeks old.