A few days
before my departure for a 4 night stay at Mashatu Game Reserve, I saw on a
Facebook posting of this very special cheetah family with four sub adult cubs.
The cubs where about 15 months old and looked healthy. I was so excited and
hoped that they would stay around for my visit as part of a photography
workshop led by Greg du Toit. As it turned out, we saw the family every single
day, although they were mostly relaxing in the company of each other for the
first two days. Not discouraged, we kept checking on them on the third day and
witnessed a failed attempt of a hunt. Exhausted, Mama retreated to the shade of
a bush and was comforted by her cubs.
about to leave them when a large troop of baboons began to come into view. The
family hastily retreated and one of the cubs took off, but the remaining 3 cub’s
buddle with their Mama at the base of the bush. We feared the worst.