Drive 5 & 6 – Big Cat Photo Safari
We set out on our afternoon drive yesterday in very hot conditions and decided to head to the eastern side of our traverse. Along the way we bumped into a large male lion flat in the shade and fast asleep but left him to rest and moved on.
A call came on the radio and we quickly changed plans and headed north. There we found two leopards. Mvula the male leopard and Xiluva, a female leopard. They were paired for mating. Our guests sat in awe as Xiluva courted Mvula, trying to coax him into mating with her.
We left the sighting briefly for a sundowner and suddenly a large dust storm engulfed the Sabi Sands. The sun and the effect created through the dust were magical as we finished our drinks in the presence of a white rhino.
We headed back to the paired leopards and watched them stalk impala, waterbuck and scrub hares in the windy and dusty conditions. After half an hour with them and after getting some images of them in the spotlight, we headed home for dinner and drinks.
This morning we started our drive at the lion kill and our guests managed to capture some more great images of the lion cubs playing and suckling. We also spent some time with a large male as he fed off the last scraps of the carcass.
We then tracked a male leopard that was heard calling in front of the lodge last night, but his tracks lead us to a property we could not traverse and we decided to stop for coffee in the bush.
A call came on the radio about some drag marks further east and we headed straight there. We soon found large male leopard Quarantine with not one, but two kills. He posed nicely for us on a large termite mound, proud of his impala and a duiker kills.
After getting some images of him we left him to rest on the mound and decided we would return to him first thing this afternoon.