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, Antonique is a healthy child, but winter months are always tough because she is attending a nursery school. We normally visit Kruger in the winter months. Adventures in the southern part of KrugerDay 4 : 7 July 2009
The movie crew decided to drive up to Pretoriuskop to explore the fauna and flora in that area. The crew got up very early to start packing and to get everything ready for the long day that was lying ahead. At 6:15am the movie crew were out of the gate and they eagerly searched for some action.
Nothing could prepare them for what awaited them a few kilometres up the Berg en Dal tar road.
A few kilometres from Berg en Dal camp, the crew came across a major traffic jam in the road. The crew were stuck in this traffic jam and it just grew bigger and bigger and bigger…
Suddenly, two very angry lions appeared out of the bush. Their faces were covered in blood and you could clearly see that the one lion didn’t enjoy the other lion’s company. The crew’s first thoughts were that they were busy fighting, as there were quite a commotion.
The movie crew patiently sat and waited for the cars to start moving again… but NOTHING happened!
The crew were very aware of the fact that lions can cause a major traffic jam, but from previous experiences they also knew that after a while the cars will start to move. Normally, at lion sightings, the people will park in such a way that others are still able to pass. Not at this sighting!!!
The movie crew rolled down their window and started to talk to some of the other people at the sighting. Within seconds everything made sense. There was a lion kill right next to the tar road!!!
The lions killed a young buffalo just before the gate opened early that morning. There were so many cars and the people literally parked everywhere. It was very clear that some visitors to the park thought that special sightings meant that the rules of the park don’t apply anymore.
The crew were very excited and they couldn’t wait to get a glimpse of this amazing sighting. The crew patiently waited for more than an hour, before they captured some very special footage:
The movie crew travelled on the H3 and then turned onto the H2-2 towards Pretoriuskop. A quick pit stop at Afsaal where they enjoyed a nice breakfast and Antonique posed for this special photo:
The movie crew took a few nice pictures of the following animals on their way to Pretoriuskop:
The bush around Pretoriuskop was very dense, animals were around, you just had to look more closely.
The crew took this picture of the director exploring Pretoriuskop camp.
The crew decided to take the H1-1 back to the H3 road and from there back to Berg en Dal camp. They took some amazing photos on the drive back to camp:
The lions were still busy enjoying their breakfast. The buffalo looked very different… so did the lions! Their tummies were ready to explode…
The crew arrived at camp just after 15:00pm. The cameraman booked a sunset drive with Raymond at Berg and dal. It was very nice to meet Raymond in person, as Stephan doesn’t miss a single report from him on the “Berg en Dal sightings” thread.
The cameraman took the following pictures on the sunset drive:
(Remains of a buffalo killed by lions a few weeks earlier!)
(Vultures waited patiently in a tree for the lions to finish the buffalo)
The cameraman captured more footage of the lions feasting on the buffalo:Part 1Part 2
That night in the caravan, the producer and the cameraman shared their thoughts on another wonderful day in the Kruger National Park. Roads travelled that day:
S110 tar road
H1-1Sightings that day:
Southern Ground Hornbill