My "whoow” sighting was what I still call my best morning in Kruger ever
17/09/2009 at 06h15 I find a small pride of lions (2 adult females and 3 cubs) lying on the s36 very relaxed , one even was doing her nails (using a tree) , we then drove south towards Lugmag dam. At 06h41 we came across two young male rhinos in the road both very relaxed and in no hurry at all. About 100 meters passed the rhinos we found a young hyena resting just off the road , it popped its head up as we approached but again didn't take off , by now we are referring to our car as the 'valium landy' ..
We reach Lugmag dam and find a lone male kudu on an island about 30 meters from the bank and he does not look well at all, he is standing motionless on this island with its head down. We then spot 4 lions (3 females and a young male ) watching this male but from the bank , one female manages to finds her way on to the island and begins stalking the kudu (the other 3 lions could figure out how to cross the water ) . The Kudu just sits down behind a tree and the lion strikes, the kudu did not even put up a fight. All the commotion has awaken the local hippo population and one hippo walks out on to the bank and strides up to the tree (lion and dead kudu on other side ) it sniffs the kudu backs away , yawns and then walks back to the water.
In the meantime, one lion is on the far side of the dam, the other two are off to our right out of sight (all still trying to work out how to get to the meal).
Then a huge herd of Elephants arrives on the far side of the dam to drink (42 in total) just then to our right the other two lions chase two buffalos into shallow water and across to the other side of the dam. The elephants hear the commotion take off at a serious run and disappear over the dam wall.
Meanwhile one lion jumps onto the back of the buffalo but falls off and is then chased off by the other buffalo. We then decided to move our vehicle to try get a better view of the lion with the kudu. As we watch the lion enjoying its kudu meal , across the dam we spot a lone Sable antelope that has popped down for a drink.
Just when we think we’ve seen it all, we notice a lone baby elephant wanders in towards the dam (same direction the herd arrived from) we spot one female lion approaching head on towards the elephant. We expect the worst but at about 10 meters away, the lion moves away it stops parallel to the baby, looks at the elephant then just walks away, leaving the elephant to clamber over the dam wall in pursuit of its herd.
All this happened between 06h15 and 09h52 in the morning. All this is on photographs but not sure if I can load 19 photos on this site.