Day 3 continued
On our way from Kij Kij to Melkvlei where we would have breakfast we saw our first hartebeest of this trip. Three to be precise and one of them was an adorable calf.
While having brekkies at Melkvlei we were chatting with a nice couple from Richards Bay. It appeared they were also having a great time BUT were also missing the big cats. I remember saying that the best way to find them was not to worry about it and enjoy the rest of the animals and than they would come to us. The couple continued their way…”today will be the day” was what the guy said to us through his open window as he drove past our table. About 15 minutes later, just as I was finishing my sandwich with chocolate paste, I saw their Nissan coming back to us with flashing headlights…”hurry, behind the corner, 300 metres from here, lions, eleven of them, it looks like they are calm but they could just as well disappear over the rim”. This perhaps is one of the things I like best about SA game parks: the willingness to share sights and the friendliness of so many people you meet.
About 30 seconds later all was packed and indeed, right behind the corner…
They were indeed eleven. Nine in the previous image and two about 20 metres further. One of those two, a young male, was posing like a model.
Just a shame that the little grass was just in front of him and that he was in the shade (why can’t these bloody lions do what we ask them to)
Than he growled a bit at us (but all in a pretty relaxing mood).
Here is three of them watching my SO performing her best acrobate tricks in the tree above them.
We sat with them for quite a while, extremely happy as we were with this sighting. This is what makes gameviewing so addictive imho…just when things are a bit slow suddenly it’s there and the glorious feeling of being in the best place of the world at exactly the right time takes possession of your whole body.
(Speaking of right time, later that day we spoke to a dutch bloke who was at that place about half an hour after we left but saw nothing…tsjah but than again he saw cheetah that very same morning when driving out of TR…)
After SO came out of the tree it was time for us to leave wandering what other magical moments this day would give us.