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. We just missed female leopard Thandi as she crossed south out of our property before finding tracks of a male leopard following her tracks. The tracks looped back into our property and we followed them for over 2 hours. Unfortunately, we lost the trail and decided to check up on the lion cubs from the morning. They were still where we had left them.
The lion cubs played and we photographed the cute interaction. Some buffalo entered the scene and chased the lions who chased the buffalo back. The lions have recently finished a buffalo kill and didn’t seem very interested on hunting but rather keeping their cubs safe.
We then heard that Tingana was drinking nearby and we made our way there. We got to him while he was still at a small pan and photographed him as he drank and then settled for a grooming session. We also saw 3 rhino on our drive.
During the night we had lions roaring all around camp but the roars became distant by this morning. We headed out in search of leopard but all tracks crossed out of the boundary. Whilst searching for leopards we heard a commotion in the north with lions going crazy. We headed there, expecting to possibly find a confrontation between two prides. Instead we found two lionesses and two cubs moving north west into Manyeleti.
The light was gorgeous and we spent some time photographing the lionesses and cubs.
We then heard that wild dogs had crossed into the property and headed to them. We found the 8 dogs as they had just finished an unsuccessful hunt. They were grooming and playing. Sadly, one of the dogs has a broken leg.
After spending some time with the dogs, we headed home. We found leopard tracks on the deck of one of the rooms. Could Thandi be hiding cubs in camp? Time will tell.