Trust that you are all doing fine.
My son and I had an amazing morning in Addo on Saturday (15 March 2008). We again got up early to be at the gates just before it opened. This gave us time for a coffee and rusk bf. The park was very quiet - not even a warthog or a kudu in sight. About 20 minute (with no sightings) we got fresh lion tracks (big ones) Just around the corner we first got Nossob and Bitterbal (the one male coalition of the park) walking down the road. Facing away from us unfortunately, but was fantastic to just freewheel behind these beasts at dusk. It was slightly chilly so they were still breathing vapour.
At some point they turned into a firebreak to the left. They were about 50 meters from the road when we just heard this noise and the next moment a buffalo were charging them away - the buffalo won.
After this they disappeared into the bush, walking in the direction of Marion Baree waterhole. We drove past Marion Baree to Spekboom with the plan to return to see if they come to drink water at Marion Baree.
We sat there for a while when Dave, the lion researcher in the park, joint us. He scanned for collar signals and then picked up Kamqua (the oldest lioness) - in less than a minute she and Gina (her daughter) came to drink water.
At some point a microlight circled above the waterhole and Kamqua started to roar - not sure if it was because of the plane or if she was calling the males.
They laid around in the shade and moved around the waterhole. It was nice to look at the interaction between the two.
Kamqua rolled with her neck in elephant dung and they whispered in each others ears a few times - or were the gossipping?
They then moved up a hill, into an old firebreak, on the other side of the waterhole and took cover on either side of the firebreak. It was below the slight breeze and it was obvious that they were hunting. We prepared ourselves for a long sitting (did this once in Ethosha for three hours with amazing results).