LIVE UPDATE from our Big Cat Photo Safari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Villiers Steyn & Lance van de Vyver.
It was our final evening drive and we left then lodge in search of something nearby the lodge before trying to relocate the lion we had seen in the morning. We searched around camp for about an hour but without any luck. A call came on the radio of a mating pair of lion and we headed to where they were last seen.
We relocated the lions and were the only two vehicles in the sighting. The lions must’ve mated 6 or 7 times right next to us in golden light and this gave everyone plenty of chances to get images of this moment. Spirits were very high as we then had a drinks break before heading slowly back to camp for or final dinner.
This morning while we were getting onto the vehicles we saw a male leopard walk in front of the lodge gate. It was Hosana. We followed him to where he ended up lying under an electric fence at the staff quarters. We waited with him for 15 minutes but he didn’t move off so we left him in search of something else. We found a small herd of elephants before finding tracks of three leopards together.
We then herd that Hosana had moved onto the top of a termite mound outside of Galago Camp and went to look. He posed nicely for us in some soft defused light before going to sleep.
A call then came on the radio that Tingana had been found and was also on a termite mound nearby. We arrived just as he got mobile and provided us with a fantastic walk-by. We then headed home and, after a quick breakfast, bid our guests farewell. We will be back in Sabi Sands next month for the last #BigCatPhotoSafari of 2018.