Monday, 10. February, 2013 – Berg en Dal – Crocodile Bridge
The only disadvantage today was that we had to leave Berg end Dal camp and that meant for us that from now on the clock will be ticking faster and faster with every minute we will spend inside the park. So after the packing orgy had been done we decided to leave the Matjulu loop with heavy hearts behind and chose to drive roads which we normally do not drive, especially because of lion pins on the S114 which could be found on the sighting board during the previous days.
Well, the whole drive on the tar road until we reached the turn off into the S114 we saw nothing, nada, niete, nil, not even a bird so we were a bit disappointed as we thought with new roads we might broaden our horizons but I guess it was simply too dark and the bush was too thick but not too thick for this large giraffe
and somehow our instinct was not that wrong this morning as the next sighting was already a traffic jam and behind all the cars I could spot a majestic animal -
finally the sighting boards were right and we found the lions, as it were actually two huge brothers. Would that not be nice if this works also for leopards and other animals you are looking for?
We searched for a comfortable area and gladly the two brothers decided to stay in an open area where also in February no annoying grass or thick vegetation is blocking the view and on top there was indeed space for enough cars, as the lions were visible extreme good from nearly each point on the road.
Actually both must have been on the walk but whilst we arrived at that sighting the one lay already down and the other one did not really know what to do, as he looked a bit grumpy to all the vehicles around them.
Both of them had extreme full bellies and had a quite impressive size
although one of them (the more grumpier) had a large abscess on his left elbow which did not look that nice.
Whilst the morning drive vehicle of Sanparks arrived he stared to the vehicle with a “if looks could kill look” he definitely did not like this huge vehicle and as he was about to walk away I already though he might stalk the vehicle
but he decided against this and instead hid himself behind a smaller bush and was now nearly out of sight for nearly each and everyone.
But his big brother was still visible and in the beginning we was still eagerly watching the come and go of the cars close to them, however, as it is with cats the longer this lasts the heavier his eyes got
However, he also never forgot to check the whereabouts of his brother and his brother was still staring at the Sanparks vehicle. The other cars did not bother him at all but this car he hated.
After a couple of minutes also this staring got boring or he simply realized that this monster truck will not come closer and he started the day dream modus.
From time to time now the sun came up from behind and soon this lovely sighting was covered into golden light as long as the clouds did not hide the sun. Who could ask for more: Lions that close, hot, black and strong coffee in one hand, camera on bean bag and with the fingers of the other hand you simply had to press the button and than even the golden hour – Sigh!
Oh and even our beloved birdies where around and a large group of Crowned plovers was foraging close to our car and also allowed a couple of close shots.to be continued........