Great stories everyone
I have one exciting thing and one scary thing!
One evening after getting back to Biyamiti from a fruitful day of game viewing we lit the fire and settled down with a drink, it was beautiful, the sun was setting, the fire was blazing and there were some old dagaboys munching away in the river bed, we moved our chair closer to the fence to watch them and enjoy the last few minutes of light. All of a sudden we noticed something moving the reeds and then another something, and another something and then we noticed a BIG male lion stalking along the fence. We soon realised that we were about to witness something very special. Probably only two minutes after noticing the movement, the pride of lions emerged in a strategic formation and tucked in to one of the buffs with the big male coming in at the last second to finish it off!! AMAZING!! And only about 7m from the fence. We actually had to move away because the sounds and sights with only a fence between us gave us all the shivers!! We spend the rest of the evening eating on the veranda listening to lions scuffling with each other, breaking buff bones and we were then woken by the sounds of lion vs. hyena! It really was a beautiful yet chilling experience!
We were staying at Talamati and decided that a night drive was a must! The ranger and a few of the passengers, including my dad, were all smokers so just before it became pitch dark we decided to stop, get off the vehicle and have a smoke/drinks break. It was magical! So quite and so peaceful! Wow! Anyway, the ranger was chatting to some of the other guests and I was chatting to my dad when I suddenly saw a cold look in his eyes. Making sure he didn't scare me, he went to the ranger and suggested he tell the people to get back on the vehicle, the ranger thought he was daft and promised that the deep chesty sound he imaged to be a lioness calling her cubs was all an illusion! Well, in the next few seconds there was chaos! The lioness had had enough of our nonsense and let out a huge growl/roar/snarl! I have never seen people pile into a vehicle so quickly in my life!! When we had a look with the spot light we noticed that the lionesses small cubs were on one side of the road and the lioness on the other, we had stopped between then and she had obviously been trying to get them across to safety! Needless to say, no one begged for another smoke-break for the rest of the drive!! It was an amazing experience, but I think we are rather lucky we were all close together, that no one needed a bathroom break and that the lioness was such a tolerant one!!