LIVE UPDATE from our #BigCatPhotoSafari to Sabi Sand, South Africa.
By Specialist Photographic Guide Lance van de Vyver.
Yesterday afternoon, we headed out and immediately went north east. We had heard earlier that a large elephant had died and we went to investigate. On the way, we bumped into a lone bull elephant, a herd of 400 buffalo and a giraffe with over 30 ox-peckers. We arrived at the elephant carcass to an amazing spectacle.
It was a massive elephant that had died (no visible cause of death). The Talamati Pride with their nine cubs were scattered around the elephant carcass. The light was stunning and we had many opportunities to photograph the lions whilst they fed. The cubs also climbed the carcass which provided us with some unique photographic opportunities.
After sunset, we decided to skip drinks and see if we could find anything close to camp. We then heard that a leopard was spotted in front of the rooms and headed there. We arrived at Galago pan just as young female leopard Tlalamba was arriving for a drink. She allowed us all some chances to get some spot-lit images of her whilst she drank. We then made the short trip back to camp for dinner.
This morning we decided to head straight to the elephant carcass to arrive before sunrise. We managed to get there in time and found all the cubs on top of the elephant trying to get something to eat.
We then spent 20 minutes shooting the cubs with back-light. Suddenly something spooked the lions and they all scattered.
We left the lions and headed back toward camp to see if we could find any leopards. There were tracks everywhere and going in all directions. We think we were following Xidulu and Hukumuri who then crossed out to the west. After a wonderful drive, we headed back to camp for breakfast before bidding our first group of guests goodbye.