Time to continue but we could not believe our luck as another African wild cat could be seen – unbelievable – there we drove already thousands of kilometres through Kruger and KTP on nine different trips so far and no wild cat appeared and now we already saw three of them on nearly one day
but I have to correct me this was a mom with two nearly grown kitten so now I had to increase the figure up to five! Unfortunately at that part of the road the grass was far too high to take decent pictures of the mom so we only got a head shot of mom after fumbling a bit with the camera settings
and from the kittens we only saw the feline shapes of two smaller ones – It looked as if all of them were on the hunt for some breakfast but needless to say we were already thrilled today.
Finally one of the cars we showed already the wild cat on the tar road reached us and now we pointed the next one to them and they also could not believe their luck. A pity was that from where we parked I realized further down on the road and right in the middle a kori bustard and I would have loved to take a picture of this impressive bird in full size without any disturbing grass but when we finally left the wild cats other cars already chased it from the road.
Elephant bulls occurred now from nearly everywhere and one of them was wearing a nice set of tusks
and as all of them were in good mood and far enough away we allowed us extensive photo stops
This one was obviously a bit shy and tried to hide behind or in a bush which was far small for him or obviously his morning toilette was not yet finished.
Only one hour passed since we left the gate and we had already so many stunning sightings and after leaving the elephant bulls we already could see from far three cars close together. We slowly approached them and realized that all of them where looking to the right side of the road where a couple of black backed jackals where running around but out of the twinkle of my eye I saw on the left hand side a couple of golden heads popped one after the other out of the grass and whilst reaching the other cars I said only jokingly to them: “Did you see the lions on the other side?”
You cannot believe how fast the jackals had been forgotten and the race started to get the best position to observe the lions best! That comes close to the sighting in camp when all people where running behind the honey badger!
In total we have been four cars the whole time this sighting lasted and no car neither from North nor from South turned up and after finally each car found a sufficient spot to observe the lions best a pleasant silence surrounded us and it was simply a breathtaking morning.
Somehow the lioness looked a bit bleary-eyed it was obviously a long and hard night.....
but also the other visible members of the pride did not look better either all of them looked more than a bit exhausted.
Once again at that time of the year the grass was a again a challenge and we simply had to be patient that one was willing to show up.
Gladly by birth cats are curious and so it took not that long until also the first smaller heads could be seen and we have been eyed suspiciously.
Close to where this golden kitten observed us there was a small elevation on which already a slightly smaller cub could be seen and so it lasted not long until our copious observer joined the one on the hill so that the surveillance of the strange metal boxes could continue from there a bit more detailed.
“I can see you!”
We never experienced a better behaviour at a lion sighting than here – No hectic driving with the car to find a better position and no loud talking – Everyone was simply happy that the lions allowed us to watch them and on top the sun was brilliant and even showed up from the right direction.
“Man, was it a hard night!”
Under nearly each bush we could spot a lion or even part of one and it must have been a large pride consisting of around 10 – 15 members in total with a couple of different old cubs between them
and gladly the smaller ones did not get bored in watching us excessively.to be continued with a very special performance.......