Cheetahs are Mrs Footprints favourite animal and I had assured her that we were likely to see some during our time at Sabi Sands. Now, eleven game drives into our stay there, we still hadn’t seen any. We’d had fantastic times with lots of different animals but cheetahs had remained elusive. If this didn’t change soon I could be in trouble.
We were staying in a our third reserve within the Sabi Sands Wildtuin, Cheetah Plains, surely there would be some of the eponymous animals here, not just the sculpture outside the main lodge building.
Some of the other guests had seen some the previous morning so we knew they were around.
Finally, on our twelfth drive, we saw them. Two brothers had moved onto Cheetah Plains Pan from the adjacent Kruger National Park.
In the end we saw the same pair on five different game drives. On three of those drives they were close enough to photograph, too. All the images in this post were taken on those three drives.
Most of the photos were taken in and around daybreak, which proved to be challenging and very few of the ones of them walking worked but I was able to take a lot of them just lying around.
Some of these poses and actions will be familiar to cat lovers everywhere.
On the second morning that we saw them I was able to photograph them in the golden light of sunrise that spectacularly emphasised the colours in the cats’ coats.
Mrs F was happy!