Day 3 Part 3
It was now nearing gate time and after seeing that incredibly satisfying lion sighting it was time to get back to Urikaruus.
On the way back we came across a few cape fox and bat eared fox dens. Here are a few pictures of them:
The bat eared foxes.
And one of the very cute cape foxes.
We then got back to the camp, made the fire, braaied, ate and while the oldies went to sleep, my friend and I sat on the balcony, next to the fire, talking and checking the waterhole. At about 11PM, while we were speaking, I glanced at the waterhole and saw a cat-like figure staring at us. I could not properly see what it was because it was not actually in the light, it was standing just behind it. We then checked with the binoculars and realized that it was a......... LEOPARD
My friend and I being the over enthusiastic teenagers that we are started celebrating a little too loudly and as quickly as the leopard was there, it disappeared
. We were truly gutted. But we did not give up hope. We scanned the area with the spotlight and got a glimpse of eye reflections. We then wiated and looked through the binoculars without light for about 45 minutes, until the shy cat finally gave in. It drank for about 10 minutes but it was too dark to get a decent picture. Here is a proof picture however:
Other sightings that night at the waterhole:
African wild cat x 2.
Cape Fox with mouse in mouth came right up to our bungalow but I was too slow to get a picture
We then went to sleep after an incredibly exciting night.
At about 3AM we woke up to the sound of complete chaos outside. As I walked out onto the wooden bridge, A huge male lion walked straight under me! It was so close. A huge male lion, less than a meter under me, and it didnt even look at me. I could have easily been lion food that night
The huge noise continued and we walked onto the balcony, only to find 4 lionesses lying right outside our bungalow and the hyenas trying to ware them off their territory. The lions eventually got up and left.
This is the guy that walked under me : (Sorry for the terrible pictures)
And here is the rest of the pride:
What a night in the "Garden Of Eden" as some call it