Another Lion Hunt in the Pitch Dark …

Ben’s News from Elephant Plains on the Tusk Sabi Sand Photo Tour:

The Sabi Sands was very quiet – probably because of the cold front that moved in. And after the amazing time we have had thus far, one could hardly be disappointed. But even on quiet days there is plenty to see …

We saw White Rhino, but they quite quickly moved into thick bush where we could no longer get decent photos.

Other than that we were lucky to spot a very pale Wahlberg’s Eagle, very unusual with that light colouring and we spent some time photographing it.

We searched for cats both during the morning and afternoon. Then just at sunset a pride of lions was located. There were eleven lions in all with lionesses accompanied by a few young males. That was a superb sighting and when we caught up with them there was enough light to use our flashes, but after about fifteen minutes the night set in and we switched to spotlights from our vehicle plus lights from another vehicle that enabled us to create images with side lighting, rim lighting, and backlighting.

The lights cast shadows on the lions that created really interesting images. The cats walked towards the lights and that gave us well lit portrait shots.

Once the lions had walked past us we followed them through a gully and when we realised that they were stalking some prey we immediately switched off all lights and sat there in the darkness for about fifteen minutes, alert to every sound. Suddenly a number of impala alarm calls pierced the quiet and we could hear the sounds of running through the darkness. As the sounds receded we quickly switched on our lights to see the lions as they disappeared into dense bush. We knew that it would be futile to follow them through that dense undergrowth and anyway it was time to return to the Lodge for dinner.

In the morning we may try to locate the lions again. They will surely hunt again soon …