After only one click of the passengers in all the cars which decided to follow the first one into the veld the quietness came back and the interrupted sleep could be continued.
Time also for us to grant our fingers and arms a pause and to sip the last drops of our nearly lukewarm coffee
and also the lioness went back into the obligatory daydreaming modus
whereas her companion was nearly the whole time this sighting already lasted stoically looking into one direction sometimes with shut eyes and sometimes with open eyes but still with elevated head - a majestic gesture already at that young age!
and even a bit snootily - simply the way a future King might to represent himself
whereas the lioness was still blocking the road and did not let somebody pass - Obviously they know already how to let people dance to their tunes
At least the younger male watched his princess now with a bit more alertness
although her favourite aim this early - and even sunny morning - was to sleep as deep and as long as possible
and even the upcoming sun must have disturbed her finally as she was now hiding her eyes behind her paw
and now it was only a short question of time until she might clear the road and joined her companion or even more lions which, however, stayed invisible for us!
As soon as the lioness finally stood up and trotted closer to her companion in the high grass, engines started and soon the traffic jam cleared up and we were nearly the only car still left so we allowed ourselves a couple of portraits with meanwhile glowing fingers because of the permanent clicks.
Both lions meanwhile lied down a bit farer away from the road into the wet and high grass but still were extreme good visible so some latecomers would still have the honour in having a great time with them
but as we took meanwhile enough pictures we waved a final good bye to them. Finally we found again lions whilst staying at Satara and they even occurred on the S100 which is not always the case!
We then decided to drive the S41 until N’wanetsi picnic spot and then drive back the way we just came and back via the S90 but it came totally different. On one of the low water bridges where we love to stay and watch the surroundings we discovered after only a while because they are always so very well camouflaged a group of water dikkops
and then the usual suspect appeared on the scene such as plenty of waterbucks which we do always find in masses in the Satara area,
a Wahlberg’s eagle and for sure zebras and here the youngster always do entertain us,
especially when posing together with Mom.to be continued with the rest of that stunning morning drive.......