LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guide Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday afternoon we welcomed some new guests on Big Cat Photo Safari. After a light lunch and briefing we headed out on drive. Our expectations were high. We began tracking a male leopard and eventually caught up with a shy male known as Gijima. He instantly ran when he saw us (we had only a glimpse of him). We also passed a massive herd of buffalo heading into Kruger.
Heading further north, we found a pack of 8 wild dogs asleep in the road (our 4th sighting of wild dogs). We waited for 15 minutes with them and they got up and became active. They greeted one another and made various excited calls to each other. We then followed them as they moved through the bush. They split up and next second they were off, chasing an impala. We raced after them but luckily for the impala, it managed to escape. The sun had set and we left the dogs and stopped for a fabulous sun downer in the bush.
This morning we headed out and were immediately called on the radio by lodge staff- a leopard was crossing the dam wall. We immediately made our way there but could not locate her. Luckily for us another leopard was found nearby and we headed there. When we arrived at Twin dams we realised it was a leopard we have not yet seen on our trips, Sibuye. She is stunning.
She marked her territory before crossing out south into another property.
We then went to search for some lions in the mist. One of our guests made an incredible ‘spot’ and saw the two male lions resting near to the road. We pulled in and spent a short time with them as they slept. We then headed further north for a lovely coffee stop and passed a rhino whilst heading back to camp.