LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Villiers Steyn & Lance van de Vyver.
It had been chilly and rainy for most of the day yesterday. However, when it was drive time all our guests obliged and after taking a fun group photo in camp, we headed out. The overcast conditions provided great opportunities to try the panning technique and capture movement in our images. We panned all the game that we saw, including elephants, zebra and wildebeest.
After photographing a Barred-Owlet we drove a large loop past Treehouse Dam and Twin Dams, and entered a drainage line where we immediately found very fresh leopard tracks. We called in reinforcements and everyone assisted in trying to locate the cat. When some monkeys began alarm calling we rushed in their direction but found two hyena.
The hyena were nose down sniffing out the leopard we had been tracking, so we decided to follow them. Unfortunately, after 30 minutes we were unable to find the leopard and moved on.
Hosana was still in front of Galago Camp and we popped past to see if we could see him. His kill was hanging in a tree which was difficult to see and Hosana was fast asleep below. We decided to head back to camp where we enjoyed a hot fire and final dinner together.
This morning we woke up to cloudy conditions but thankfully the rain had stopped and there was not a breath of wind in the air. We made our way straight to the hyena den. We arrived and found two large females resting up on the side of the termite mound. We sat quietly and after a couple of minutes a tiny black cub emerged. We spent some time photographing the gorgeous little cub and the two moms before heading onwards.
We passed Galago to check in on Hosana and found him stalking Nyala. He was spotted and then went into a deep ditch were we left him. A landowner in Buffelshoek alerted us to a male lion in the north and we headed there. On the way we spent time with a relaxed breeding herd of elephants. We then found the male lion fast asleep in the grass.
Driving north to the Manyeleti Boundary, we found another male lion with a lioness who we think is from the Nkuhuma Pride. They were busy mating. We sat with them for 90mins and witnessed them mate twice. We also followed them as they walked through the grass together. The light was stunning and the colours fantastic. What a way to end off an amazing safari and the final one for our 2018 Sabi Sand season!
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