To continue with my Dulini Lodge trip reports, Part IV will be comprised solely of a Cheetah that within a few minutes managed to share several facial expressions.   We came across her during an early morning Game Drive in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and followed her for the better part of an hour.   We were hoping for a hunt, but she had other ideas such as simply laying comfortably under a tree  entertaining the ‘tourists’.   Nevertheless I came away with several shots capturing her many expressions some of which are perhaps my favorite shots from the entire Safari.

You’ll notice in these photographs that I used Dulini’s logo as a watermark.   The reason for this is that I had given permission to the Lodge to use these photos on their website, Facebook, Twitter and other Social Media outlets so instead of reprocessing the photos to have my ‘Aero-Shots’ watermark, I simply kept Dulini’s to save some time.

To get caught up on my previous Safari Posts, here’s is the index:

Part I:  Cheetah vs. Wild Dogs vs. Warthog

Part II:  A Leopard & Her Dinner

Part III:  Tlangisa & Her Cubs



a cheetah sitting in a tree

I was hoping this stare was a precursor to a hunt but unfortunately it did not turn out that way. However this photo was voted as “Best Of Safari” by Mrs. LHFlyer.


a cheetah with black spots


a cheetah with its eyes closed


a cheetah looking at the camera

For a moment, I thought she saw something of interest other than myself…..


a cheetah yawning with its mouth open

Not exactly demonstrating her ‘Fastest Animal In The World’ capabilities…..


a cheetah licking its lips


a cheetah with its mouth open

She must be bored by now….

a cheetah with its tongue out

My favorite expression of all the shots.

a cheetah licking its face



a cheetah with its mouth open

Ominous threat? Not hardly, just a well drawn out yawn…..


a cheetah with its mouth open



a close up of a hand