LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guide Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday afternoon we headed out to see what we could find. We soon found leopard tracks and began following them. Unfortunately, they went into a thick block and we gave up the search. We did however find some Hooded Vultures that led us to two Nkuhuma lionesses asleep in the grass. We decided to leave them and move further north. We found some Jackal close to an impala carcass and photographed one of them in the late afternoon light.
We moved on and one of our guests asked us to stop. She thought she saw a leopard in a tree, and, she did. We drove closer and identified it as Tlalamba. She was in a tall Marula tree with an Impala carcass.
The sun was just beginning to set and the skies were a beautiful pink and blue. Our guests quickly filled there memory cards as we repositioned around the tree to get various shots. What more could you ask for?
We left Tlalamba after dark and headed home for dinner with high spirits, spotting a giant eagle owl, in a dead tree, on the way.
This morning we may our way back to Tlalamba and found her still up the tree busy finishing the last bits of meat on the kill. There were also some hyena in the area. We did not stay very long with her as we heard alarm calls nearby and tried to see what was causing them. We found some male leopard tracks but no leopard.
By the time we got back to Tlalamba, she was out of the tree and lazing on a termite mound. We left her and carried on with our drive.
We saw a Tawny Eagle, an African Hawk Eagle, a pair of Saddle-billed storks catching frogs and fish and shot some general game as well. After a lovely coffee stop at Treehouse Dam we headed home for brunch.