LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Lance van de Vyver and Villiers Steyn.
Yesterday afternoon our 12 guests arrived at Djuma for their Big Cat Photo Safari. After a light lunch and short briefing we headed into the Sabi Sand to see what we could find. We made our way to a pack of wild dogs but when we arrived at the sighting, the dogs were all fast asleep. They occasionally lifted their heads but did nothing more than that.
We left the wild dogs and bumped into a large breeding herd of buffalo at a waterhole. The buffalo all drank and waded in the water. This gave us ample opportunity to photograph them and the ox-peckers on their backs. It was fantastic to be immersed amongst the herd.
We then stopped at a sighting of 2 Avoca male lions but they were fast asleep so we decided we would come back after a refreshing drinks stop. And when we did return to them they finally stood up and walked around a bit before giving us an almighty roar which was awesome to experience and great way to end our first drive.
This morning we spent most of our time with female leopard Inkanyeni. She is an old female but is still doing well for herself. She was up a tree eating a duiker kill. She posed beautifully for us and everyone got the ‘money shot’ of a leopard lazing in a tree.
She then made her way down the tree and began stalking a Steenbok nearby. She missed the Steenbok and decided to climb back into the tree for a nap. We also bumped into some white rhino and saw an African Harrier Hawk.