Monday morning we woke up quite early and left at 06h30 to see if we can find the lion spoor again. We were in luck. We followed the spoor from outside the gate all the way around the children’s dorms and down the Lower Dune Road and south to Twee Rivieren. Scipio told me to watch the dunes while he followed the spoor in the road. Suddenly the spoor was gone….
We were now a few metres before the road up the hill to Achterlonie. As I looked up to the picnic spot, I suddenly saw a lion, and yelled “There it is!... ag no, it is a Zebra…” LOL… (there is no Zebra in KTP …but I was so used to confuse a lion with a zebra in Kruger). Scipio then confirmed it to be a lion. I tried to get a pic, but the sun was just rising over the dune, and you cannot really see the lion. But that image… it looked like a picture out of Lion King (the movie). What a superb sighting of my very first Kalahari lion.
We drove to the picnic spot, hoping he would still be there on the dune by the time we get there, and yes, he was lying in the grass right next to the first picnic table, waiting for us. Scipio turned the wheel so he could turn in the drive way, and oh my, almost collided with another lion coming from the ablution. This one was also awesome and tried to intimidate us by marking his territory while keeping us in his sight the whole time.
They were very playful and after a bit starting to move again. We drove down to the Mata-Mata road and followed them while they were playfully chasing the Blue wildebeest and Springboks. It was quite funny.
They decided they made their rounds and went on to the dune and then disappeared. What a great sighting. We were the only car up to ten minutes before they left and it was truly awesome.
After all this excitement we went back to camp to wait for Henriette and the cook Auntie Toya. And off course… the children….