LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Lance van de Vyver and Villiers Steyn.
Yesterday afternoon was the first warm afternoon in a while and we decided to check some waterholes for activity. We managed to find some elephants immediately at Sidney’s dam before we carried on north along the Manyeleti boundary. We had a beautiful sighting of some white rhino before finding another herd of elephants at Cruise Camp. We also saw a lot of general game species on the way.
It had cooled down sufficiently for us to check up on the Talamati lion pride at their kills. We managed to get some nicer images of them than in the morning’s harsh light.
We then moved back to Tlalamba and her impala kill. She was up in the tree feeding. Some hyenas disturbed her and she moved onto a branch and posed beautifully for us.
Another hyena got close and spooked her. Her inexperience led her to take the kill higher into an already very high tree. She dropped it, and a hungry hyena immediately took its prize, leaving Tlalamba only a leg to chew on.
This morning we headed out in search of male leopards. We did not find any tracks on Vuyatela and decided to check in the east. It was then that our tracker William spotted some lion tracks with cubs too. We then tracked the lions for the next 45 minutes before finally finding all 7 of the Nkuhuma lionesses and all 9 of their cubs.
It was a magic sighting but unfortunately all the cats were resting in some long grass. The cubs did play and growl at each other which was very cute to see. It was a really special sighting to just enjoy. Seeing 9 young lion cubs is not something seen often.