LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guide Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday afternoon we made our way back to the wild dogs as we had heard that a leopard had been there searching for scraps after we had left yesterday. We soon found some leopard tracks and followed up on them. Unfortunately, we did not find the leopard and headed back to the dogs. We arrived just as they were becoming active.
The dogs greeted each other for about 20 minutes and then began moving. We stayed with them for a magical hour and managed to get various images of them in golden light, moving through the long grass and portrait shots of them in the road. It was an incredibly special and long sighting of these magnificent animals.
We stopped for a celebratory drink before heading home for dinner.
This morning we decided to look for leopards close to camp. We soon found tracks close to our southern boundary and with some help from some impala alarm calls, we managed to locate Thandi as she moved through the bush.
Suddenly, four hyena appeared and chased Thandi into a tree, allowing everyone to get some special images of her as she waited for the hyena to move off.
Thandi jumped out of the tree and then moved into a thicket where we left her.
We stopped of coffee before moving on. We saw a group of elephant bulls and a rhino on the way back to camp, as well as a martial eagle who had tried to catch a Guinea fowl.