steve’s cycle highlights january – february 2014

During this cycle I was incredibly lucky to see the “magnificent seven” twice within six weeks. Below are just a few of my favourite pictures taken and some incredibly memorable sightings.

On my first safari in January I was luckily enough to witness two Knob-billed ducks fighting over a female in a small mud wallow. The fight last an incredible 20 minutes with the eventual loser taking off in flight and trying to find his own female.

knob billed ducks

Warthog Wallow female has given us some of the most amazing leopard sightings over the past 6 weeks and has been allowing us to spend greater amounts of time with her eight month old cub over several kills.

leopard in a tree at Sabi Sabi Luxury Safari lodges

female leopard at Sabi Sabi while on safari

leopard and cub while on safari at Sabi Sabi

However, she was not the only leopard seen here at Sabi Sabi. We had incredible viewing of both Nottins female who managed to kill a new born kudu and feed on it hoisted in a tree and Maxabeni male as he seemed to be trying to expand his territory here and push Mahlathini male further and further away.

nottens leopard while on safari night game drive at Sabi Sabi

maxabeni leopard

We were also incredibly lucky to locate Solo and the Kruger male on a buffalo kill, where a friendship seemed to grow as they were seen contact calling and grooming one another.

kruger male lion at Sabi Sabi while on safari

male lion at sabi sabi luxury safari lodges

lion on a kill at Sabi Sabi Luxury Safari Lodges

In the past six weeks we have seen two different packs of wild dogs, one of 12 dogs (6 adults and 6 puppies) and then a pack of 8 who were both seen hunting and feeding on impala kills.

wild dog while on safari at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

The other game has been very plentiful creating a great amount of game viewing from both the small to the very large. What an amazing cycle to have had the privileged of working here at Sabi Sabi and experiencing the amazing African bushveld.

Elephant calves at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

rock monitor while on safari at Sabi Sabi



  1. judy bennett says

    I just wanted you to know what a memory you helped to create during our visit in late March while my daughter and I had the wonderful opportunity to be in your charge for a trip of a lifetime for me……now that I have found this page ,,,, it is like being there all over again……AND every time I go to the movies and have “buttered popcorn” I think of all your interesting knowledge of the earth,animals and life……Best Wishes and keep the info coming….Thanks!!!

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