LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guide Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday afternoon, after hearing Kudu barking for over an hour at the lodge, we spotted a leopard in front of camp having a drink. We followed up on it, on drive, and found Tlalamba female leopard with a massive Impala ram that she had managed to take down. She was feeding on it on the ground. Photography was not easy and we decided to move on.
We went in search of the small lion cubs in the north and managed to find them in a nice open spot. This was a fantastic photographic opportunity for everyone and everyone got some fantastic shots of the little cubs. Unfortunately, it seems another cub has lost the use of its hind legs. We think some of the cubs may be suffering from white muscle disease. Hopefully it manages to recover.
We then headed to Three in a Row Pan for sundowners but found a male leopard there drinking. He was very skittish and did not hang around for long. After drinks we heard that Thandi had stolen Tlalamba’s kill and we went to investigate.
When we arrived we found Thandi busy feeding whilst Tlalamba looked on. Suddenly three hyenas burst onto the scene and stole the carcass. They finished it off in 10 minutes. The leopards then ran in to see if any scraps were left behind. There was very little left. Thandi left and Tlalamba stayed behind and fed on some scraps before a hyena chased her up a tree. We then decided to leave her and headed home for dinner.
This morning we headed out and followed up on some lions calls we heard from the lodge. This led us to the entire Nkuhuma pride who were all asleep in the grass. We left them and headed north. We soon discovered some male lion tracks. After some tracking we found two of the Avoca male lions. They were sitting up and grooming in some stunning early morning light.
We got some great images of them, some even at eye level before deciding it was time for some coffee.
We were about to stop for coffee when we heard about some wild dogs and we headed off in that direction. At Jacana Dam we found 8 wild dogs on a kudu kill and a lone hyena interacting with them as they ate. The action and interaction was amazing to witness and we even managed to get some images of the scene as it played out. Having had another exceptional drive we headed back to the lodge for brunch.