LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Lance van de Vyver and Villiers Steyn.
We had rain the entire day yesterday but our guests were determined to go out on drive in the afternoon. We headed out with ponchos on to see what we could find. After searching for a very long time we eventually managed to track down the Talamati pride females as they were on a hunt. We watched them split up into three groups and head towards a herd of impala. It was dark and we could not use spotlights but we heard the chase. Unfortunately, for the lions, they were unsuccessful. We then headed home to a hot meal and fire.
This morning we woke up to wet weather again, but decided to go out and see what we could find. We headed north and on the way we bumped into a very wet Tingana curled up next to the road. He was fast asleep and we decided to leave him and carry on with our drive.
We then bumped into a Talamati lioness as she was contact calling. Suddenly, 9 cubs burst out of the bushes and joined her, along with the other 4 pride females. Soon an Avoca male lion joined too.
The 15 lions greeted, rubbed faces and played for the next hour. We followed them on the move through some lovely open spaces and managed to position our vehicles for some amazing photographic opportunities. The cubs even climbed a log at one point.
Everyone took some fantastic images of the 15 lions together and thoroughly enjoyed this wet but magical sighting.