OK So what normally happens after a day of taking it easy.....? AN UNBELIEVABLE DAY!!!!!
It is hard for me to describe our day and that is proberbly why it has taken a while for me to put this day on the forum. I want it to be just right
OK so after crashing in our tents we slept like logs. At about 5.30 am (just as the sun began peaking out) my husband whispers to me (so as not to wake the sleeping kiddies) that he is off to the toilet. I still remember telling him :"Please don't be long - I am bursting myself and need to release my bladder." So off he goes. I snuggle back down with a girl in each arm as happy as a mommy can be......
ROARRRRRR!!!!!! What the Hell? I sit bolt upright. My first thought is that some idiot in camp had turned on a cd in his car of a roaring lion because there is no way in hell that one would be that close or loud. So I settle back in my sleeping bag.... ROARRRRRRR!!!!!! again! Followed by the sound of running flip flops.
LION HUNTER zips down the tent :"Get up!Get up they are right here!" OMW
Boy I am out of that tent in a flash. Each of us grabbed a kid and ran to the fence. (Which is about 10 m from out tent) Out of each and every tent a family was dashing. Marty and Tracey are no where to be found. So we decide to jump in the car and head to the hide (where everyone is running too) Most families were in their vehicles heading out the gate. Ray and I decide we will not leave without or pals and start looking for them....
As we drive past the kitchen I see Martin WASHING THE DISHES!!!
Ray is like:"Dude what the heck are you doing? Lions freaken everywhere!!" Poor Martin went to wash dishes and a lady was drying her hair in the kitchen so he didn't hear a thing! So he jumps in the car. Now to find Trace. As we turn the car I shout:"Guys look behind our tent......"
There he was...... in afrikaans "DIE MENEER"!!!!!
Right by our camp spot just the other side of the fence was lion number 1.
The pole is the fence.
Then in the distance Tracey comes running. She was at the hide on her morning walk when the lions arrived. So we didn't even need to leave Nossob to see these lions.
If you know the camp at all our tents was set up at the back near the pool. Apparently two prides had come down to drink from the water hole at the same time and what followed was a roaring match of note! I can't describe how they were letting rip! The one pride 5 females and one male headed North (Tracey spotted them at the hide earlier) and the other pride (2 males and 2 females must have come around the back of the camp.
As we stood outside out tent we watched as a male and female lioness crossed over the road down to the water hole followed by another male and female. The photos are not great because of the excitement and grabbing cameras that were not set up yet! But the experience was so much better than the photos!
The girls were completely blown away just like their mommy! Once the lions had crossed down we all jumped in the car (PJ's and all - and still NO trip to the toilet with my bursting bladder!
) From the hide we managed to see one of the females grabbing a drink.
It was so cute(if a lion can be that!) when she watched her own reflection for a bit....
After she finished drinking she made her way about 200m down the river bank to where the other female and two males lay. So we jumped in the car and drove out the gate (about 12 cars in toe!) to find her.
Ready for action!
On guard together!
What a morning! It was truly one of my most memorable experiences in any game park. Toilet desperation left me threatening to use the First Aid Surgical glove to relieve my aching bladder!
But after they moved off we headed back to camp (200m away
) to make breakfast, get dressed and jabber about what had happened. AND YES GO TO THE TOILET!! The entire camp site was buzzing and we were all VERY HAPPY CAMPERS!!!!