Everywhere you go in Africa safaris seem to be about the big cats. Tourists want to know if they’ll see the big cats. Agents want to know if your destination has the “big five”, which of course includes two of the big cats. Tourists into our national parks and game reserves always ask you if you’ve seen lion or leopard. If you haven’t then somehow the safari is a failure.
There is so much more to African safaris than just the big cats and I have just recently had a run of amazing luck with 3 of southern Africa’s small cats. For those of you who don’t know, southern Africa has a total of 7 cat species in order of size: lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, serval, African wild cat and small-spotted cat. The big cats are relatively easy to see, but the smaller cats are much harder to find let alone photograph. Continue reading →