This was another busy day on safari! We started off with 5 lions having a great time in the river; the 3 youngsters were playing for close to 2 hours that made for wonderful photography. We then found a large male rhino, followed by an adult female rhino with her calf. Those sightings took up most of the morning, and we were feeling really good about getting some breakfast in, when the real treat jumped up next to us and caught a female nyala! We spotted a female leopard crouched in the grass, and within 30 seconds she was onto the unlucky nyala like a flash! It was a truly unbelievable sighting. The afternoon was also productive, with several sightings of elephants, buffalo and rhino. It was a very special day indeed, well, unless you are a nyala…
Major sightings of the day:
Pride of 5 lions, playing in the river
7 sightings of rhino
Female leopard hunting and catching a female nyala
Another beautiful sunrise, and another great day! A hyena den site was our first success of the morning, with a female and a youngster active around the den. A large herd of buffalo, many great birds (including the aways difficult to find broad-billed roller) and several herds of hippo were seen throughout the day, but there was one species that dominated – elephants! Around every turn, at every water source and at every other sighting we were at, there were herds of elephants! The day was ended by a very camera-aware leopard; she posed for us for over an hour, right up until the very last of the light.
What a start! We seemed to pick up right where we left off last year – the big 5 on the first afternoon. The rarest of the five, the black rhino came out early in the afternoon, and the leopard (which completed the set) arrived out of the darkness on our way back to camp. The afternoon was all about lions however, and a female with 4 small cubs kept our cameras clicking most of the afternoon. Another lioness with 3 little cubs tucking into a fresh warthog kill also welcomed us back.