LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Lance van de Vyver and Villiers Steyn.
Yesterday afternoon, after our amazing lion sighting in the morning, we headed out in search of leopards. We checked Torchwood and Buffelshoek but found no tracks to follow up on. The high number of lions in the area has made finding leopards tough! We were lucky enough to bump into a lioness and her three tiny cubs on the side of a drainage line as they suckled. They are extremely cute and playful.
Our other vehicle was then lucky enough to bump into male leopard Tingana at Buffelshoek dam, posing regally on a high ridge. The sun had set but the light was still great for photography. Our guests then tried some flash and spotlight photography on the Duke. He decided to get up and we followed him for a short while before we decided to stop and quench our collective thirst. Other notable sightings were a large crash of rhino and plenty of elephants.
This morning we headed out and immediately found a lioness drinking in front of camp. We photographed her before she joined some other females and, together, they began walking with the purpose through a very thick block.
The females had full bellies and bloody faces. They must’ve eaten in the night. When we caught up with them on the other side of the block, two cubs were now with them.
They kept walking until eventually they caught up with the two Avoca male lions. There were vultures in the trees and we suspect that the lions killed a kudu and finished it in the night. This was not good news for the two cubs who had to scratch around for any scraps they could find. They managed to get their claws into two leftover legs but nothing more than that. We then had a quick coffee stop before heading back to camp for brunch.