LIVE UPDATE from our Big Cat Photo Safari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Villiers Steyn & Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday afternoon we headed out on drive and decided to drive on Djuma and see what we could find. We drove along some of the roads and past the waterholes which are often spoken about on SafariLive. This was to show some of our guests the places they often hear about online.
We knew that male leopard Hosanna was nearby in a drainage line but it was very dense and not great from a photographic perspective so we decided to follow up on male leopard Tingana instead. Our search started where Tingana was last seen and it didn’t take us long to find him lying next to the road.
We followed him for the next hour as he moved through the bush and stopped at a waterhole for a long drink. Everyone managed to get some stunning drinking shots of the Duke. He then rested up on a termite mound in some golden light and after getting some stunning images of him, we moved off to let him continue his evening.
This morning started off excitedly as we bumped into two wild dogs before the sun had even risen. The next 10 minutes were chaotic as the dogs went on the hunt and we followed closely behind. They came very close to catching an impala but after a failed attempt they stopped for a quick drink. They then ran across our southern boundary.
Not 10 minutes later, we bumped into female leopard Thandi and her cub Tlalamba. The leopards were slowly walking up and down the road. We got some fabulous images of them before they headed into a thick block.
A coffee stop was in order and everyone was sombre as they would be leaving this morning. After coffee we headed back to camp and bid our guests farewell. This afternoon we welcome a new group of guests for another explosive 4 nights on #BigCatPhotoSafari.