We started our drive yesterday afternoon and soon found a lovely rhino bull who we photographed on some open plains. We then photographed some zebra and stumbled upon some Daga Boys who were on the ground ruminating. We photographed them before we headed west. On the way we saw two large elephant bulls next to the road. We decided to follow up on Mvula who had stolen a carcass from Shadow in the morning. We got to the carcass but there was no sign of Mvula. Instead, a ranger from another lodge found 2 tiny lion cubs close by. We were very confused about what transpired and then suddenly we saw Mvula. We had thought that the lioness had possibly chased Mvula away but as he was still around, he probably was unaware that the lions cubs were there. We closed the sighting in order to protect the small lion cubs and moved on.
We then had a nice drive to Pungwe open before going past Big Dam where we photographed hippos. On our way back to camp we bumped into male lion, completing our sighting of the big five in one drive. He crossed the boundary and we headed home, on the way we found a small flapped-neck chameleon, expertly spotted by Guide Chene. We took a few photographs of the small reptile before we got back to the lodge for our final dinner.
This morning, our final drive was very exciting. We found some hyenas active close to the lodge and the bush braai site, sniffing about. We made our way west and heard a lion calling softly. We though it was a female. We then found some drag marks and followed them into the block. There we found a male lion who had stolen an impala kill, presumably from a leopard. He was gnawing on the scraps and suddenly began roaring. He roared gut wrenchingly next to us. This was a first for all of our guests. A stunning way to end this trip. The golden light was fantastic.
We then decided to follow up on some leopard tracks but the leopard had walked so far that he had crossed into Mala Mala. We stopped for coffee and towards the end of our break we got a call that 4 unknown lionesses had crossed into Nkorho. We headed there and found the 4 beautiful and healthy lionesses. It was fantastic to see and photograph these new cats. They were shy but we got some wonderful images of them.
We then made our way back to the lodge and photographed some zebra as they ran, creating some motion blur images. As our time on drive ended, we headed back to the lodge for breakfast and bid our fantastic group of guests farewell. We are now at Djuma Private Game Reserve where we are starting two back-to-back Big Cat Safaris with 2 new groups and many returning clients. Please follow our daily posts and updates.
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