LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guide Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday afternoon we headed out in search of leopards. About thirty minutes into drive, we managed to find female leopard Thandi as she moved east through the bush. We followed her for the next 90 minutes as she moved between termite mounds and eventually began stalking an Nyala lamb.
She was unsuccessful in her hunt. Suddenly, Male leopard Tingana arrived on the scene. He was following Thandi. The two then crossed into a thick block and we left them and went for a celebratory drink.
After our drink, we went to look for the two Avoca male lions that we left in the morning. We found them as they were becoming active. They got up and began moving north.
They moved on the road and this allowed us multiple opportunities to get walk-by shots of them as they moved towards us.
We also practiced side-lit and and back-lit shots. After 30 minutes we decided to leave them as they crossed into the Manyelti Game Reserve.
We woke up this morning to a warm cloudy day. We headed north in the hope of finding the Talamati lionesses and their cubs. Unfortunately, we were unable to locate them and we headed further east. We saw some buffalo and elephants before we had a call on the radio that a male leopard was found. When we reached him, our initial thought was that it must be Quarantine, but once we arrived, it was clear that this is a leopard we have never seen before, we identified him as the Nhlangula Male from Manyeleti.
He is a gorgeous male and we spent an hour with him. He sat on a termite mound, scent marked and was generally very relaxed. It was great to see a completely new leopard in the area.
Thereafter, we stopped at Lilly Pond for some coffee before heading back to camp