LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Lance van de Vyver and Villiers Steyn.
Yesterday afternoon we headed out to try and find the new Nkuhuma lion cubs. We made our way to a den site near Torchwood waterhole and managed to locate some lionesses and their small cubs. We parked a fair distance away in order to make sure we gave the animals all the space they needed.
We spent the next 90 minutes with the lionesses and their cubs as they wrestled each other, suckled and played with their moms. It was a truly special sighting to see such young cubs- they are between 6-8 weeks old. They lions also made their way to the waterhole for a short drink. We then had an opportunity to get some breathtaking images of the mothers and cubs drinking together. After this amazing sighting we decided to leave them in peace.
After a great lion sighting we drove nearby to a cheetah sighting where we managed to see a young cheetah who was quite shy. We stayed a fair distance from it and managed just a few images of the speedy big cat before the light diminished. We then stopped for sundowners before headed back to camp. We had now seen the Magnificent 7 in our first three drives.
This morning we headed into the reserve in search of leopards and we didn’t have to wait long. We bumped into male leopard Hukumuri on a hunt. We followed him through the bush for roughly 40 minutes before he stopped at some warthog burrows.
He spent another 45 minutes waiting to see if any warthogs would emerge but he eventually gave up. We decided then to leave him and stop for coffee. A call on the radio came through that Xidulu had joined him and we had a quick look around for her but she left Hukumuri who we heard had killed an impala on the property.
We will see if we can track him down again this afternoon.