Ok, I know it says in the Kruger, but this happened in KTP.
Thought you guys may enjoy this one nevertheless. It was 2007, June, and we were 5 families doing the Mabuasehube Wilderness Trail for four days. For those not familiar with the trail, it is in the Botswana part of the park, where you can get out of your vehicle anywhere, and where there is at most places only a sign on a tree saying campsite. There is no fences, no water, no nothing. Just how I like it.
So day 4, the last night, one of the vehicles started to give problems and we decided that we will go beyond the campsite and try and push for Nossob to get assistance with the vehicle.
However, the sun was in a bit of a hurry and nightfall came quicker than anticipated. Note my father always drive in the back, and being born in the Kalahari, he drives slow to admire the surroundings, and always arrive 30min later than anyone else. So when we turned the corner, there was everyone packing off and pitching tents, right between two dunes. Now my father told them it is dangerous as you don’t know what is behind the dune, however, everyone just said it would be fine.
We pitched the tents, making fire; some ladies went to shower in the pitch tent showers, everyone busy with their own thing, when some of us decided to go have a sun downer on the one dune, watching the last bit of sunset.
We just sat there chilling, and after that the one lady decided to stay behind as nature were calling. Luckily there was a small bush on the dune and she went there to answer nature with nr 1. When she came down, to the car, about 15m from the bush, she looked around to see whether someone can see her. No, no one could see her, but someone was looking at her, the big yellow eyes of a lioness, sitting on her nr1 spot.
She slowly went around the car and said calmly that there is a lion on the dune.
Having made this “joke” several times, no one believed her, and then she grabbed her father’s shoulders, and started to scream at him. That moment all of us saw the lion, and started to get onto the roofs of the vehicles, inside the tents and where ever possible.
Some of the ladies in the showers just grabbed a towel and stood half naked on the roof of the cars. Then the lioness started to move down the dune, and were joined by her Gal-Pal. Two Lions!!!! They came down right between the cars, sniffing, wondering what we were and what we are doing there. Real investigators. Now being on top of a vehicle with nothing between you and a lioness less than 2 meters away is a bit scary.
Luckily they seemed only interested in what we are, than hungry. They walked around for about an hour and a half, all of us frozen with fear, when they decided that we were boring and moved on away over the dune again. We started to slowly get of the vehicles, making a circle with the cars and the tents for some safety. By now it was dark, and everyone was holding a torch, a spotlight or anything in order to see if the lions are coming back.
Now for the funny part. When the lions came down originally, my father took our last meat (which was dinner that night) and threw it into the first “thing” he could find, in order to keep it away from the lions. After the lions left, he just couldn’t find it again. So my mother kept on saying he must relax and have something to drink and he will remember. After about 45min, he decided that hungry for one night is not that bad, and went to get a whiskey. And there in the ammo case where the whiskey, he found the meat. If only he listened to my mother earlier.
We heard the lions the whole night; luckily they didn’t come and visit again. WE saw them the next morning again just after packing up. Didn’t even stop, just wanted to get out of there. Everyone was a bit shaken up, I loved it!!