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 with no reals plans. Firstly, some zebra provided some beautiful photographic opportunities for our guests. We then bumped into a small breeding herd of ellies before we heard about a leopard in the far north. After reaching the leopard we realised it was Inkanyeni. She was in some thick grass and not very visible.
After spending a short time with her, we moved off and then found a drag mark in the road. After some tracking we found a kill in a tree and, sitting nearby, was male leopard Gijima. Once he relaxed, we managed to watch him for a while in the hope that he would return to his kill, which he didn’t.
We then made it to Bushbuck Dam where we found a large herd of elephants dust bathing just after sunset. We could have been in Botswana, with the scene we witnessed. It was stunning in the evening light. On the way home we bumped into one of the Avoca male lions at Sidney’s Dam as he was crossing into the Manyeleti.
This morning we went out and very quickly bumped into the Nkuhuma pride with their cubs. They were sitting perfectly in an open area and provided us with 45 minutes of amazing photographic opportunities. The cubs played with their moms and each other and it was a really special sighting on the last morning of the first trip.
They then had a quick drink and, after moving on, we found some male leopard tracks. The tracks left the property but right there we found female leopard tracks and followed these. We eventually caught up with the leopard and identified it as Thandi. She did not provide us with many photo opportunities and we soon left her.
On the way back to camp we bumped into a tiny elephant calf with its mum and got a few images of her and the cute little youngster. We then had a quick breakfast before some of our guests checked out and headed back home.