Sorry all, but my dad shouted at me about plugging my camera in, so no photo's today, will add them while he is at work
Day 2 Day of the lion
My dad did eventually come to his senses when the ellie was coming at us very fast, as one of a man's first instincts is PROTECT YOUR PRECIOUS CAR!!
The ellie finally left the road and we sped those 100m to try and spot the lion. We were extreamely lucky to see him as he was in a huge hurry, and marked his territory promply before walking off into the bush.
This isn't why this was the day of the lion, but you will have to wait a while to find out about that.
We had a lovely time at the meet (ok, my family did). It was awesome to meet Freda, who was an exeptional hostess; BGS the famous; Pardus, the one and only (BTW Pardus, we found a lost twin of yours at Orpen dam
);Pieter Steyn and Kitty, who had some interesting stories to share(Pieter you have to read my mamba story
); and many more. We had a wonderful time, short and sweet.
We saw 3 buffs at the webcam when we retuned, one of them stayed and grazed right next to the fence. My sis and I snuck very close to him, but we remembered that you have to respect animals and give them their space. The buff was getting a little fed up with all the tourists and mock charged a particularly cheeky lady. It was great fun to watch!
Here it is. I was standing near the big, hot fire in the early evening, admiring all the smells and sounds that surrounded me in a world of wonder. My dad says quietly as he could ,'lions.' I strained my hearing, still focussed on the fire. I heard nothing, and lifted my head to see where he was pointing. But he wasn't pointing. He was gaping at the fence right next to us. Confused, I turned my head to see big brown shapes walking by. I was gaping too.
Unfortunately the neighbors heard too and were on their way. We tried edging closer to the fence. My dad was a little disrespectful to the lions and ran right close to the fence. The lioness rightly gave him a loud growl
that shook our bones and stopped us all in our tracks. WOW... The sheer power a single lioness holds became obvious as she stood before us, seperated by nothing more than a pathetic fence of nothing more than wire.
The pride got sacred from al the tourists running toward the fences with cameras and disappeared into the bush
BUT-before they did we saw them. The lions that drink at the cam now and then, the two big males. They are even more beautiful that you can imagine. The webcam is an insult to their sheer magnificence. They did return later on at the cam. The males had a drink and lay down by their females. It was such an experience to see them rolling over and just being their proud, lazy selves. Then, the light goes out.
Our binocs managed to capture them in the dark. They were still on their backs. They did eventually get up and move on. The buff stood his ground the WHOLE time
, but I guess the leeus were not hungry. The night drive stopped and flashed were going off like crazy, so I knew they were in the road, but my family didn't think so. Later on we had to go on a drive so 'Father Christmas' could come
We went to the gate and put on the lights to see if they were there. The guard came to see what these crazy people were up to and we joked around saying we wanted to go on a night drive of our own- and he believed us!!
He told us the lions were
We opened our prezzies and had great fun. After all the excitement of the day we were utterly exausted. We went to sleep, but were awoken at midnight by the lions, who were roaring their hearts out. It was a magical day...
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