LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Lance van de Vyver and Villiers Steyn.
The unseasonal cold and windy weather continues to wreak havoc on our current Big Cat Photo Safari. Yesterday afternoon, we checked Torchwood, Buffelshoek, Djuma and Cheetah Plains and found no signs of Big Cats. On the way, however, we did see a large herd of elephants and some general game. We spent a long time photographing the elephants with their cute and playful youngsters.
We then headed to where the Talamati Pride had made a kill and found them all flat with full bellies. We did not stay with them for very long as they were not very active and decided to keep looking for leopards. After searching and coming up empty handed, we made our way home. On the way, we bumped into a pair of Verreaux’s eagle owls. One of our vehicles also saw a Serval, which is a first for us in the Sabi Sands (unfortunately no pics).
This morning we headed out into almost gale force winds and soon found male leopard tracks. They headed into Torchwood and we followed them for 45 minutes before we got a call on the radio that an unknown male leopard was just found in Buffelshoek. We headed there and when we arrived, the leopard was hiding in the grass, with his kill in the tree.
After waiting for a long time in the hope that he would return to his kill, along with some hungry hyenas, we eventually left but got very lucky when we found him close to Jacana Dam in a more open spot and fired off a few images before he disappeared.
We had two fantastic Rhino sightings including 4 rhino on a granite outcrop. It was a really special photographic opportunity to capture rhino on rocks.