LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Lance van de Vyver and Villiers Steyn.
Yesterday afternoon we were joined by 12 excited guests for our June Big Cat Photo Safari. After a light lunch and briefing, we headed out to see what we could find. We soon found leopard spoor and began tracking. On the way we bumped into a crash of rhino.
We tracked the leopard for ages but we were unable to find it. We then heard that some male leopard tracks had been found crossing from the West onto Djuma. We assisted with tracking when we heard on the radio that the male had been found. It was Hosana.
Hosana is probably the most famous leopard in the world at the moment. He has been on Djuma for the past few weeks before suddenly disappearing last week and was potentially seen on Lodolozi.
His return to Djuma was a welcome one as we were sad to hear that he had left. We followed him on Quarantine open area before he spotted some impala and began stalking them. We turned off our spotlights before deciding to leave him. Whilst we were having dinner he came and settled for the night in front of camp.
This morning we headed out and found leopard tracks everywhere. Some even in camp itself. Each vehicle followed a separate set of tracks. We then zoned in on a female and all worked toward finding her. And we did.
It was Thandi, and we managed to spend the next hour with her as she moved through the bush. She gave us a few great opportunities to photograph her which is why we are here.
After a coffee stop close to home we headed back for brunch and photographic training.