'Wildtuinman, jy slaan die spyker op die kop' (You have got it spot on) I have experienced the 'dof' people at lion sightings. They sit there with a grin on their faces and look at the other people arriving. They have lost all interest in the lions, but refuse to move an inch. In any case, what is so interesting about sleeping lions? With all due respect to the contributors to the travel tale section, watching a sleeping lion is just as interesting as watching paint get dry on a wall.
I am glad that I am not the only one who has noticed this.
@ Billyf. Love the photo lion queen.
100ponder, a cheetah kill is something totally different. Very few people ever get to experience something like that, so you could be forgiven to sit at your sighting cause that is really something special, especially if you came across it as well yourself.
I am sorry if I offend anyone, I don't know maybe I am just impatient, but I cannot see myself sitting at a leopard sighting or at sleeping lions waiting for them to do something for 45 mins.
A friend and I once sat at Mkhombo dam at a spot where a Spotted Crake disappeared into the reeds for an hour and 15 mins. And it drove me insane!!!! But we had to wait for it to show itself again in order to get photo proof of our sighting before informing the birding community of this very rare sighting. Eventually it came out again and we managed to get the photos. And many people managed to add this rare bird to their life lists as a result of it. But again, this is something totally different.
I think some common sense should prevail at traffic jams. If the lions are sleeping or the leopard is a 100m into the veld obscured by bushes and you can only see its ear flick, have a look and move on. Give everyone a chance to peak at it. Especially if there is only one or two spots to see these phenomenal sighting from. And for Pete's sake, don't drive on the wrong side of the road to get to spot whatever the traffic jam is caused by. Cause you just block us other people who are trying to pass from getting through the jam!
Just be considerate, that's all I ask.
My opinion is that a sighting amongst a traffic jam is far less special than the one you see without a traffic jam. I almost get a zoo feeling with all those other cars around me. Best for me to move on and find something else.
Good tips Canus Lupus.
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