LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guide Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday afternoon, having had some spectacular drives, we headed out to see what the bush wanted to show us. We bumbled around the property and enjoyed some of the general game as we went.
It was a very hot day and we found hyena wallowing at two water holes. This was fantastic for our guests who could take their time to capture some images of this behaviour.
We followed up on various sets of leopard tracks but to no avail. Instead, we stopped for sundowners (the first time we have had a chance to do so on this trip). We were joined by a hyena whilst we toasted. After a lovely drink we headed back towards the lodge where we found the entire Nkuhuma lion pride leaving the waterhole. We followed them for a short while before heading back to the lodge, where we listened to them roaring into the night.
This morning we headed out and wanted to try and find male leopard Tingana (the Duke of Djuma). We searched the Djuma property but came up empty handed. We then checked the east for signs of other leopards, heading as far as the Kruger boundary. Again, we were unsuccessful. Coffee was in order, and so, we stopped on 2nd Rock to stretch our legs. While there, we heard Tingana had be found. After a quick coffee we headed to him and found him at Treehouse Dam.
He was lying up on the dam wall and we photographed him at eye level before he wondered down to the waters edge for long drink. A short but fantastic photographic sighting.