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 Post subject: PHOTOS of SWENI TRAIL: SWENI IS TOPS
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 6:35 pm 
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In April we did the Sweni trail.
On the way from Satara to Sweni camp we saw seven lions at the river close to a herd of buffalo and wildebeest.
We had dinner in the company of a python who made itself at home inside the eaves of our lapa.
I should mention that a very professional Marius Renke was our ranger and he warned us not to run if we wanted to avoid becoming prey.
The next morning, we were in the bush for about a hour when we were being stormed by a lioness.
Marius and Obed shouted at her and immediately loaded their guns.
Their aggressive shouting stopped her and she returned to her cubs, while growling continuously.
It took all our self control to stand very still and then back off slowly.
We had lots of excitement - there were lions everywhere!
Most of the lions we encountered on Sweni trail, ran away when being aware of us, except the lioness with cubs.
We also came across lions at a hippo carcass - it was quite scary standing there taking photos of the carcass with lions in the surrounding bushes.
Marius really went out of his way for us and we never were in danger at any time - he was in control at all times.
This really was a wonderful experience no nature lover should miss.
I will attach a few photos - one by one....


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Wow Diesel! :shock: Sounds like you had an adrenalin filled trip! I think there is a photo and write up about your groups trip in the July edition of 'Go' magazine. Can't wait for your pics..... :popcorn:


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...while walking.....


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One of the seven lions we saw the first afternoon on our way from Satara to Sweni camp close to the river- they were walking in the direction of the buffaloes and wildebeest


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A very protective mother - this is the lioness who stormed us. We did not take any photo when she stormed, as we were too scared that the movement will draw "special attention" from her. It was very difficult not to run away. Photo was taken when she was back at cubs, still growling.


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Cautiously walking away form the aggressive lioness with Marius at the back - his rifle ready for in case the lioness stormed again. Riana has recovered from fright and taking photos again...


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At the hippo carcass....


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...almost back at the camp


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...another Sweni lion checking us out before running away...


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...around the Sweni campfire - we heard many baboons, hyenas and lions at night


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Ready to go....


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...taking a break...


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Riana and Yolandi at their hut


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