LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guide Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday afternoon we headed out on drive to search for leopards. We managed to find Tingana very quickly next to Buffelshoek dam and spent the next 2 hours with him.
Whilst we were sitting with Tingana who was fast asleep we managed to see a host of other animals. We were joined by some Waterbuck who really piqued Tingana’s interest. Out of nowhere a honey badger arrived and began digging in the clay of the dam. Many of our guests had not yet seen one and it was a brilliant sighting.
A hippo then made his way out of the bush toward the water. We got some stunning eye level shots of him. He was in a bad mood and snorted at us often.
An elephant then arrived at the water hole and this stirred Tingana who got up and began to move. The light was gorgeous and our guests were well prepared to take some stunning shots of him doing various things. He also vocalised twice whilst we were with him.
After spending 2 hours with Tingana we made a quick drinks break before heading to the sleeping Avoca male lions. As we arrived, one of the males began to stir. We got some beautiful backlit shots of him. He then made an almighty roar right next to us. We left him and on the way back to camp found his brother on our driveway.
This morning we decided to head east to search for some leopards in that area. We saw some side striped jackal and then, out of nowhere, an impala raced up ahead of us. At first we thought it was a cheetah but chasing after it was a pack of 18 wild dogs. The chase was on. We followed the dogs and eventually caught up with them where they had caught an impala.
The meal was finished in less than 2 minutes before some of the pack members could even catch up. The dogs then socialised, cleaned and played whilst some tawny eagles, vultures and hyenas lurked around. It was an amazing adrenaline filled sighting.
We headed back west to try and catch up with Hukumuri but unfortunately could not relocate him close to the western boundary of Djuma. We had a coffee stop and then headed home for brunch.