Olifants to Satara continued…with lions!!!
By then it was nearly lunchtime so we took the S127 headed for the Timbavati picnic site
And who should we meet there but Bob and Sharon!
Bob asked had we seen the scops owl yet? No we hadn't. So he guided us over to a large tree and pointed out where the tiny owl was sleeping.
Wow, what a gorgeous little bird!!
We thanked Bob for this wonderful sighting and sat down at a table to eat our left-over sausages in bread. I loved the feeling of living simply, eating up whatever we had left. It was a real change from having all you wanted to eat back home.
This trip was growing an enormous appreciation for everything I had in my life
While we were enjoying our lunch and writing up the morning's sightings, Sharon wandered over and asked had we seen the lions on the S39?
No, we hadn't seen the lions!!
We had taken the H1-4 tar road instead
Sharon then showed us on the map where to find the lion brothers
I have never gulped down my food so fast before and then it was "Let's go Daddy, lunch is over. Drive Daddy, LIONS
Sharon had told us that the lions were "sleeping on the other side of the 3rd river cut-out on the left past the Piet Grobler Dam, where all the black storks were. They look just like sandy boulders under a tree".
OK, roger that - I think…?
So off we went on an adventure to see our first lions!
I can't begin to tell you how much excitement there was in the Terios.
It was in the opposite direction to Satara, but we had to see lions!!
Stopped at the Piet Grobler Dam for a look
And then started counting the roads that cut down to the river on the left.
1, 2, 3… this must be the one!! Yes there are the storks.
(and a hammerkop
But where were the lions?
We scanned the banks with our binoculars and couldn't see any sandy boulders under trees. I tried to remember what Sharon had told us…lions sleeping on the OTHER side of the river cut-out. OK, drive back out onto the main road and look directly opposite where we were just parked.
And OMG, there they were. Our first lions!!!!
Sleeping, but still, LIONS!!!!
They were a long way away, so I had to commit the cardinal sin of photography and use the digital zoom
True to form, and exactly as Sharon had told us, the lions were very very sleepy, and would likely sleep there all day....
Nonetheless we sat and watched them sleeping for an hour.
Occasionally one would stir, or a tail would flick… and then suddenly one of the brothers got up and moved to a new sleeping position
Spot the hornbill that sneaked into the picture!
Oh so sleepy…
We felt so privileged to see these magnificent young kings
However, there was still a long way to go so we left our sleeping brothers and continued on our way to Satara...