LIVE UPDATE from our Big Cat Photo Safari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Villiers Steyn & Lance van de Vyver.
After a democratic vote, we decided to try and find some elephants before looking for the male lions we had seen on the first night. We found a large herd of elephants quite quickly. There must have been between 50 and 100 individuals spread out in a large area in the bush. Some of the elephants came really close and we saw some cute babies as well. Just what was ordered.
The light was still good and we went north to relocate the lions. We found two males from the Avoca Coalition, both of them with a female and both were mating. Unbelievable. This gave us many opportunities to capture the act of mating in good light.
One of our vehicles left the lions briefly to go and look at a massive breeding herd of buffalo with over 500 individuals. They were completely surrounded by the beasts. They then joined the lion sighting again.
The lions treated us to some almighty roars right next to our vehicle and we decided to leave them to enjoy the rest of their evening alone.
This morning we headed out in the hope of finding Thandi and her cub. A call came on the radio that Thandi was seen crossing back into Djuma from the south and we headed there to try and find her. One of our guests pulled off an unbelievable spot and saw her lying flat under a log at the base of a termite mound. Amazing.
A hyena was harassing her and she was quickly on the move. We followed her for a short while as she missioned through the bush. She eventually entered a very thick block and we left her.
Female leopard Inkanyeni was seen in the east and we made our way towards her but then found out that she crossed into Kruger. We followed some male leopard tracks and ended up stopping for coffee at Buffelshoek dam before making our way home for brunch. We saw two side striped jackals close to camp- a nice addition to our sightings this trip. This afternoon is our final afternoon at Djuma for this #BigCatPhotoSafari