So after we were last to bed and a bit of a chilly night (nothing the extra blankets couldn't handle) I was first up in the camp. I love the feeling you get when you are first up, its almost as if you are the only person in the world and that this beautiful scene is just for you.
It was time to boil some water for some Amarula Coffee, you have to do it old school at Balule. I filled up the kettle and lit the gas stove and boiled the kettle. I made the first round of Amarula coffees and then gave every one the first wake up call. I then sat and enjoyed the sounds of the Bush waking up. One hippo would call and then you would hear all the other bull hippos call all they way down the river.
Given that we could see no one else was up we didn't have to go and sit at the gate to long so we enjoyed our coffee and then went to the gate, Titus opened the gate and we were the only people to leave the camp. We headed for the s39.
This was probably the 2nd coldest morning I have experience in Kruger, the temperature didn't move from 1 degree until eight o clock, every body gutted it out though and kept their windows open. The top half of the s39 is one of the most diverse drives in all if Kruger and is a favorite of mine.
It seemed that the cold was keeping the animals in bed as well as we didnt have to many sightings to compliment the beautiful surrounds. We stopped at Rattle pan and as we got out of the we heard that Mighty african sound a Lion Roaring
We realized it wasn't to far off so we went into the hid and snapped a few pics.
A Heron looking for some breakfast in the golden light!
We got back in the car and decided we had to find those Lions, just after Piet Grobler dam in a perfect clearing where you could see into the river bed this is what we saw
Mission Accomplished, but I don't
think these were the ones doing the roaring. The Suddenly again from the other direction you could hear the roar of a male lion, once he stopped this girl who seemed to be in charge lying all by herself replied with roars of her own.
What a special moment to be able to listen to members of a pride communicate with each other
They also seemed to be trying to keep warm as they were all huddled together in the Sun
We sat with these beautiful golden Kittes for at least an hour hoping that we would get to witness members of the same pride greeting each other, sadly the Males never showed up, but we enjoyed a great sighting, and we only had to share it with one other car. Our Coffee stop and an empty Timbivati picnic spot was enjoyed thoroughly after such a great sighting