A new day arrives and with it brings great excitement as we headed off to see what happened during the night in the African bush. An hour into the drive and nothing really to show! Where had all the animals disappeared too? We tried the waterholes but came out empty. We decided to try a different route hoping for our luck to change. As we turned around the corner, our tracker picked up fresh cheetah spoor in the road. We continued following the tracks which led us to two relaxed adult cheetahs sitting overlooking the landscape. We continued watching these peaceful creatures until the one male decided it was time to head off. We tried to keep up with them but they were moving with a mission so we decided that it would be best to try intersect them further up. We traveled over 2 blocks and decided to have a coffee break at a vantage point overlooking the landscape below. While enjoying our coffee break a call came in that the cheetahs had taken down a warthog. Could it be the same cheetahs we had seen? The sighting was a few kilometers away. Needless to say we packed up and headed straight to the sighting. Apon arrival we could identify that it was the same cheetahs and they were busy devouring a meal which was a young warthog. We will let the video and pictures below tell the rest of the story. Please note that it contains some graphic images.
While out in the bush we use all our sensors to help track animals. While scanning the area for any movement we could hear some trumpeting ahead which indicated that elephants were close by. As we turned the corner we were greeted by a herd of elephants which had blocked the road ahead. Approaching slowly we decided to give these elephants some space as we could hear from all the trumpeting prior to our arrival that they were not happy. While admiring these gentle giants from a distance, our tracker Luxton, pointed out a tusk-less female elephant to the right of us. From our past experience with this individual we knew we had to be weary of her. To see what happened next simply click and watch the video below.
With the guests seated and cameras packed it was time for us to head out and explore the winter landscape of the Timbavati. The guests had not been on a safari before so we went in search of Africa’s big 5 and everything in between. The previous day a pride of 3 male lions had taken down a buffalo so we headed off in that direction to see what was happening at the carcass. Open arrival we could see the buffalo carcass but no sign of the pride. While scanning the area for any signs of the pride, a call of a leopard sighting come over the radio. We decided to abandon the search and head off to view the leopard. As luck would have it we were 2 minuets from the sighting when the call come in that they had lost visuals. We scanned the area but to no avail. So we were left with no choice but to head down into the river bank to see if we could get a sighting of this elusive cat that the guests were itching to see. After making our way into the river bank we were greeted by a leopard cub which needless to say left the guests speechless. This is the first time that this cub had made an appearance so it was very curious as to what we were and started to slowly stalk the vehicle. We spent some time with this gem before it disappeared into the darkness. To view this amazing leopard cub simply watch the video (best viewed at 720HD or 1020HD), all images in video are posted below. Enjoy