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we set off for our night drive snuggeled up under the blankets, it was a freezing cold night. we seen hundreds of impala eyes twinkling in the distance but there would be no stopping until we reached the lion kill outside satara.
it was so different to see the lions at night. a lot of the lions were sleeping by the side of the road but the cubs seemed active enough
this male lion rolled over like my puppy at home does when he wants his belly scrached, i wonder how long i would survive if i tried to rub his tummy
it looked like dried blood all around his mouth, dont think ill try that belly rub!
moving away from the lion kill we saw elephants, giraffe, hyena, civet, genet and rhino, unfortunatly we couldnt find the right setting on our camera for great night photos but i think this one of the rhino is nice
back to the lion kill and we could hear them call to each other as we drove towards them, hairs standing on the back of our necks we parked up beside them. the two males were calling out then a few seconds silence then we would hear more lions answer in the distance sounded like four or five in different directions, this calling went on the whole time we were watching the lions and then we could still hear them while lying in bed that night, amazing.
our driver explained that this pride of lions consisted of four males or more, eight females and eight cubs and that this area around the bridge at satara was their territory and that they would call out to each other as if to check in with the group when they were seperated.
he also told us that there was two reports on how the giraffe had been taken down and killed.
one report said the giraffe had been killed when it had been chased by the lions over the tarmac road at which point the giraffe could not grip the road, slipped and was suffocated by the female lion
the other report said that the giraffe had been hit by a delivery truck who had reported his accident, and that the lions had came accross this lucky meal later on during the day,
our driver said he believed the theory that the giraffe had been hit by a truck as the kill was reported and photographed untouched for several hours and he thought if the lions had hunted and killed the giraffe the would not have left their kill untouched or unguarded, does anyone happen to know the real story? i would be really interested to know the full story.
anyway we spent the remainder of the night drive watching the sleeping lions on the left side of the road and the feeding male lion on the right hand side of the road, the night drive was such an amazing experience, i will never forget the sound of the lions calling to each other or the sound of the male lion crunching the ribs of the giraffe kill to get the last scraps of meat from it, unreal.
so we eventually pulled ourselves away from the kill and were driven back to satara where we lay in bed unable to sleep because we didnt want to stop listening to the sound of the lions calling to each other, such an amazing sound.
two more days to go in the park, hope you are all enjoying the trip report so far.........thanks for all the wonderful comments, keep them coming