Early June 2012 Lettie and myself found ourselves in Satara for one night.
The campsite was PACKED and eventually a lady [ Cathy Verster ] approached us after we were driving up and down several times looking for a place to pitch out little dome tent which we use for fly camping when staying over for only one night at a time. She kindly guided us to a secluded spot behind their camp and shared their power supply with us.
A little later we joined them for after supper coffee during which they advised us to drive the S100 early the next morning as it was renown for lion.
Well, the next morning we rushed to the gate all set to search for lion, just to find ourselves waiting at the gate with a score of cars ahead of us. What a disappointment it was to find most of these cars turning onto the S100 ahead of us, the road was transformed into a dust bowl ! All lions will now be scared off and fled way into the bush !
We slowed down to allow the dust to settle and started focusing on photographing frozen impala and frozen guinea fowl.
Soon the taller trees along the road made space for low shrubbery with the odd tree skeleton spread over the veld.
Lettie noticed three such dead trees lining up in an striking line and we stopped for a photo.
Next moment a lioness popped out of the shrubs right by the nearest tree !
Soon more, and more, and more lions could be seen moving through the shrubs and then emerging a little further up the road where the ones in the lead seem to linger to plan their next move.
By now we had lost count of the number of lions moving into and through open spaces in the shrubs.
Twelve were seen entering the shrubs but it seems that more were already in the shrubs or had arrived from further in behind the shrubs.
Soon some started moving ahead through the open savannah along the road. The below mother and son were clearly on a mission that could only lead to an inevitable kill.
Soon more . . . and more . . . and more lion were pouring onto the open veld and they looked more like a herd of impala. On the next photo eighteen lion can be counted with several more spread out too wide to be in the photo.
We normally have poor luck in finding lion making this sighting one of the real WOW
of our years of visiting Kruger !
Later that morning, back in Satara we were told that a pride [ rather a herd ] of 24 lion had been seen several times along the S100 - apparently there are also two magnificently maned males. We never saw the two of them, but we certainly saw a sight to behold that day !