Sabi Sand Photo Safari: A Young Leopard and a Crocodile …

Kobus Reports from the Sabi Sand Photo Safari at Elephant Plains:

We left the Lodge this afternoon after everyone arrived for lunch and a briefing. We were filled with so much anticipation … would our drive for this first safari be as fabulous as all the other days? What would we see? And wow! Did Elephant Plains ever deliver! We could not have asked for more … as our first drive seriously delivered the goods …

First, besides all the general game, we found a young female leopard busily consuming the remains of an impala kill. And as if that were not enough, we saw a movement in the long grass. What? There was her little cub, hiding away while mom consumed her meal! What a sighting.

We left the sighting, and almost immediately we bumped into Hozanna – a young male leopard.

We followed as he walked to a nearby dam. There the young leopard spotted a a crocodile lying on the dam wall. Was it in his way? What would he do? We all held our breath and excitement mounted as Hozanna went into stalking mode. Closer and closer he crept up to the basking crocodile. We could hardly believe our eyes. Seriously? All our cameras were trained on the action as he went ever closer. Then suddenly the crocodile sensed or heard the approaching danger, and he slithered away to safety! Whew! We were shaking for quite a while after that –

We also visited Shadow, another young leopard mom, hoping to see her and her cub, but there was no luck there.

When we found a pride of lions on the move we followed them until they settled in a riverbed. Once the adults were settled, the cubs put on a great show for us as they played, chased each other, pounced on each other and on the adults, and rolled around in the soft sand. It was wonderful!

We are back at the Lodge now, with everyone very happy and excited that they have already seen so much. What could tomorrow bring …