LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guide Lance van de Vyver.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT BELOW
Yesterday afternoon our second group of guests arrived, eager to get into the bush. After lunch and a short briefing, they headed out into the Sabi Sands. Not long after, we spotted a leopard who we think was Thandi or Tlalamba from about 150 meters away. By the time we got to where we saw her, she had given us the slip. So we decided to check out the elephant carcass for some action. On the way we bumped into a small herd of 5 elephant. At the carcass we found a lone lioness feeding.
The carcass has been opened up by Sabi Sands management in order to allow carnivores to get to the meat (quite a gruesome sight). The lioness fed until a large herd of buffalo showed up and chased her into the bushes where the rest of her pride was relaxing.
The trees around the carcass were dotted with over 300 hundred vultures, waiting patiently to join the feast. We decided to continue our search for leopards and found two rhino at a pan along the way. Unfortunately we did not find any more leopards.
This morning we went out in search of leopards. Soon into drive we bumped into a male lion close to camp. We followed the lion until he led us to the Nkuhuma pride who were resting close to camp. They were sleepy and did not provide us with many photographic opportunities.
We then headed back to the elephant carcass as we had heard that the lionesses had moved off. We wanted to see if there would be any action from hyena and the vulture. However, we we arrived, we found that other females and their cubs from the Talamati pride had now taken over the carcass and were feeding.
After spending a short time at the carcass we headed over to Cheetah plains where female leopard Mondzo was found. She provided us with a few excellent photographic opportunities.
This morning we also saw, elephant, two rhino and more buffalo. We thus have had two big five drives in a row.