Lions lions I love lions continued....
On the other side of the car the lioness had come into view, so I thought I'd better give her highness some photographic attention too
Is she just gorgeous?
Dad and I were thrilled when she stood up and went to find the other male hiding in the grass
Meanwhile, sleepyhead was still snoozing
Until something startled him awake again. I clicked away madly
Eventually he grew weary of all the attention and started settling down for another snooze
Before being woken again
Dad kept moving forward so that Ronnie and Lionspoon and Spots could all get some good shots of Sleepyhead
I knew that we had spent our fair share of time with him, even though it only seemed like a few minutes.
And then it was time to go in order to get to the gate before closing time
Lionspoon and Spots and Ronnie had a quick huddle to decide the best way to head back to camp
Finally it was decided that we would never make gate closing if we went back through the park, so Ronnie told us to exit the park and then drive around to the main entrance, where the gates stayed open later than in the game viewing area.
Ronnie's knowledge of Addo inside and out was a godsend
I got one final photo of Sleepyhead before we drove off...
Dad and I were absolutely over the moon!
That was THE BEST
lion sighting we Aussies ever had
We got back to the rondavels around 6pm and despite our requests for Ronnie to join us for dinner, he had to go home
So the Aussies and Germans settled in for a bit of a beer-fest
After a while we started getting hungry. In fact, that lion sighting had made me ravenous!!
Dad and Spots were keen to do the braai, but it was sprinkling with rain and didn’t show any signs of clearing, so Lionspoon and I took cooking matters to the communal kitchen. We were to have some boiled potatoes and a yummy salad
Trouble was Lionspoon and I had so much talking to do that our minds weren’t as focussed on the cooking as they should have been
After what seemed like an hour we wondered why the potatoes weren’t boiling??
A closer inspection of the potato situation revealed that we had turned the nextdoor hotplate on!
So our potatoes held up dinner for another hour
Finally we were all sitting on the stoep sharing food and beer together.
It was a wonderful connection of friends from 2 continents, meeting on a third
We celebrated until very late that evening. Dad and Spots sensibly retired, leaving Lionspoon and I chatting away.
However at some time after midnight we conceded that some sleep was necessary to function the next morning
It was to be a big day. We were meeting Ronnie and Koedoe early for a morning drive, before the main event of our Addo stay – the mobile webcam fundraising extravaganza!!