Greetings from Berg en Dal,
On Tuesday morning the 16th of December 2008 I was off and went for a drive with my friends. We went out of the Park and drove around from Malelane Gate to Crocodile Bridge and entered the Park from that side and went to Lower Sabie for brunch. We saw lots of General Game on our way there and spotted a Lionness about 60 metres into the bush. She watched the vehicles for a while and went deeper into the Bush. As we got closer to Lower Sabie we had a lovely sighting of a Hippo crossing the road in front of us.
After our brunch we went up the H10 towards Tshokwane and found 2 big Mane Lions with a Lionness, they were resting in the drizzling rain. We came back on the S29 and S128 and had nice sightings of Kudus, Giraffes, Elephants etc. On the S28 on our way back to Crocodile Bridge we got to another sighting of Lions, but this time 5 young male Lions stalking some Duggaboys. When we got to the scene we only saw 2 Buffaloes and 2 Lions and 2 other vehicles.
We watched the Lions and Buffaloes carefully with lots of Giraffes, Zebras and Impalas in the background. Suddenly the action started!!!
The rest of the bachelors came running passed the Lions and it was Buffaloes chasing Lions and the Lions chasing them, but eventually they cut the 1 Buffalo off and brought him down right in front of us. The Buffalo sending out the distress call, legs kicking in the air, the 1 Lion trying to sufficate him and 2 of them trying to rip his stomach open, it was just unreal!!! Everything happened so quick and suddenly there was no noise from the Buffalo anymore.
As we looked to our left we saw the Bachelors herd turned around and charged towards the Lions. The 5 young male Lions left everything and ran for their lives. The Buffalo that has been caught, stood up and ran with the rest of the Duggaboys.
Ai the sports started again, the Lions running after the injured Buffalo, then the Buffaloes after the Lions!!!
Eventually the Buffaloes decided to run towards the Zebras and nothing stood still, Giraffes, Zebras and Impalas running in all directions and the Lions…
They were unsuccessful but are just dreaming about that nice Buffalo Steak, the guests, how lucky could we have been…
Before this moment, I thought the time will never come for me to see a kill, but luckily after 4 years working in the Kruger Park, I realised now, never is a long time and saw what I was always waiting for…