I love this road, I can't believe there's barely two pages on it when others have dozens
Do people know what there missing?
In just a few days in early March I was lucky enough to see lions on 4 seperate ocassions. The first sighting was of 4 lioness and a male lounging around Nyamarhi at 11am. It goes to show that the 'nothing in the middle of the day' logic doesn't always hold true. If your in bed or lounging round camp your missing stuff! The same drive we saw 4 white rhino near the S127 turnoff, and they came so close to give great pics, and were calm the whole time
The next day I was first out the gate at Olifants (which took some doing after a few rums and amarulas) and found lionesses hunting impala just the other side of the Ngosto Weir road. This was the first time I've been lucky enough to witness lions hunting first hand and my heart was racing. When the closest lioness was just 10 metres away another car arrived, and I was praying they wouldn't ruin the hunt. I could see them looking at me trying to work out what I was watching, so I intently watched the impala!!! Not to be rude but the hunt was in the final stages, and after watching quietly and patiently for over 30 minutes, I wasn't going to yell across to them what was going on.
My cunning ruse worked, as they clearly weren't impressed with my 'impala' sighting
and drove off. Another 5 minutes later and the attack was going to happen any second........and then a bird of some kind raised an alarm call and off went the impala. Still what an experience, and the lioness raised her head and looked right at me as if to say "easy come easy go". I then had the privilige of watching all 5 lioness come out of the long grass, up onto the road and past my car as casual as you like. And I had it all to myself, what a treat
But still it got better. In the afternoon I saw probably the same group of lioness lounging around on the H1-5 on the way back to Olifants. This time though I saw one with a tracking collar, anybody know anything about it?
Finally to top it off, the next morning I was first out again and was lucky enough to find a pride of at least 13 lions
At first I found a big male on the road just north of Ngosto North. I wound down the window to get a good pic, and started hearing a strange noise. CUBS!!!! All in all there were 3 adult males, 3 females and 7 cubs. It was an incredible experience to watch them (and listen). It took a good 30 minutes before the volume of traffic was sufficient to drive them away from the road but being first out had paid off.
So yes I love this road! Also had 3 hyenas drinking at Ngotso Dam and having a standoff with a wildebeest. Amazing road, amazing couple of days. I'll post some pics on here in the next week or so for all to enjoy.