Two years ago, October to be exact, I was doing my annual walk thing in Kruger.
It was a sweltering hot day and one of the purposes on this particular walk was to look for rhino.
We started by almost walking into a herd of buffs.
They were very skittish and we were told that if the herd started charging, we were to take shelter behind the nearest bush.
Fortunately, they remained unaware of our presence and after a short while we walked on towards our breakfast destination.
It soon became apparent why the buffs were so skittish. Under a vulture laden tree a group of 3 lions lay sleeping.
We skirted the lions and crossed a river to relative safety in order to enjoy breakfast.
The ranger promised that we would find the lions again on our return trip.
Well, he was true to his word. There they were, but a lot more lively now and a lot hungrier than we were at that point.
"Whatever you do, if they charge, don't run" we were warned.
I must say, I felt very relaxed, excited and inquisitive all at the same time. We went closer, then the rangers froze.
Get back, they motioned, there are cubs.
We realised that this changed the situation completely.
I looked up at the vulture laden tree and hoped that they were not sitting with hidden knowledge. The vultures seemed to be particularly animated at that point.
The lions then became aware of our presence, and much to my horror one seemed to disappear into the long grass.
Was he stalking us?
Do you remember that feeling when the teacher came to check on homework and yours was undone.
She would walk slowly down the aisle and you waited with near watery bowels for that moment of discovery. Well that is what my tummy was doing.
The female lions then also slunk off into the grass, followed by the cubs.
For a long while we stood motionless. Our first real exhalation was one of relief as someone suddenly noted them disappearing over a hill.
Eish, we giggled, giggled and giggled again. The release of tension was magnificent.