LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guides Lance van de Vyver and Villiers Steyn.
It is our final Big Cat Photo Safari of the 2019 season! Yesterday afternoon our guests arrived (some from as far as New Zealand) at Djuma. After a lovely lunch and short briefing, we headed out into a scorching hot Sabi Sands. We worked really hard to try and find cats but were unsuccessful in the extreme heat. The only sighting worth mentioning, was a small herd of elephants that wallowed in the small pan in front of camp. We also saw a juvenile boomslang in a tree on the way home.
During the night, we heard lions roaring all around camp. So when we headed out this morning, we decided to search for lions, and, it didn’t take us long to find some. We bumped into two Avoca males with some of the smaller Nkuhuma females with two of the older cubs and their mother.
One of the males suddenly began to chase the younger females away and we followed. Once the females had dispersed, the very content looking male began walking back to where the cubs were. He suddenly noticed an impala carcass hanging in a tree and became interested in it.
We then watched as the massive male lion climbed the tree (awkwardly) and retrieved the carcass. He then descended from the tree (awkwardly), and trotted off with an extremely pleased look on his face, with his prize.
The two younger lionesses made their way back to the rest of the pride and found the tree that the male lion had climbed. They sniffed around the tree and then one of them decided she was also going to climb the tree. It was very awkward but great to watch.
She then jumped out of the tree (on the total wrong side to capture the jump perfectly). However, the entire sighting was amazing and unusual to see. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and captured some fantastic images.
Two of the lionesses then went and posed beautifully for us on termite mounds, before we decided to leave them.
We then spent 45 minutes with a herd of elephants who came right up to our vehicle multiple times. They ate around us, dust bathed and gave us an amazing experience.
We then had a quick coffee stop and celebrated before heading back to the lodge for brunch.