Special guests left today but I still have the rest of the crew of 6, in the afternoon I had to drive also Festo's guest because he is sick and needs to go to the hospital, Onno is coming tomorrow.
Actually in the morning we saw another interesting thing, there was a crowned lapwing incubating three very well camouflaged egss by the side of the road.
Nice debate session at dinner about instinct and learning.
Towards the confluence was cheetah time, a nice one run from an open area in front of the bush and disappeared into the bushes. A sleepy lioness was the following sighting at white rocks.
In the afternoon we got a black back jackal out of camp and again lions, a wonderful pride of 6 female one wounded young male and two funny cubs. This was a proper show, females walking cubs playing, they even tried to climb a small blue bush... super coool.
We spent one hour with them and eventually got a spotted hyena in the way back.
This park is insane.... and if you have super nice people in the car is even better
When they are in the middle I started moving towards where I thought they would climb up.
It was exactly the same place where we had muffins and coffee just few minutes before. AAnd here they come, slowly by steady, stopping in the middle to feed on some reeds. I am with a family of four and a couple of honeymooners, a crew of 6 people amongst the best I ever had, from where we are we can see the grey giants coming straight towards us, in ten minutes they already crossed the sand stretch. Eventually they rich a stream of water below us, some they drink, some cross and in the end all start crossing. When the first started climbing the bank I talked to her in order to make her aware of our presence. She deviated her direction of some meters and came up just in front of us, slowly followed by the other 59.... priceless.
Saw a couple of lions, picked up guests and headed back to camp.
In the afternoon nice pride of lions in Mwayenbe delighted my guests.... and me as usual.
Yesterday I went with Owen at Mwagusi and we spent the night there, ealy morning we drove with Riaan out of camp, fully equpped with Owen's gear in my car. We soon found two male lions, the sun was not up yet and we started following them. they reached an open patch when a felmale with three cubs appeared from west. She approached one mail and as he got interested in her, she attacked him straight away. Just few second later they started roaringwith the sun rising behind them, was still cold and we could see clouds of vapor out of the lion's mouth at every roar. Maaaan that sound is so deeply routed inside our atavic memories.
After some minutes the female started walking, definitely in a hunting mood. We followed. After half an hour she decided to leave the cubs hidden and proceed alone. she turned growled to them an sent them scuttling in the bush.
She went on walking and looking around and we followed. She walked and walked and walked again, then she spotted impalas.... she crouched and waited. as the impala moved of she stalked them with a steady pace and then run as fast as she could, the chased lasted 50 mtrsand then the impalas were safe.
She went on again and stalked other impalas but eventually got too tured and went sleeping in the shade..... what a morning...
After getting to the river drive we soon spotted tracks on the road, we followed them, we lost them, we went back and far far away we noticed a giraffe staring at something, ten lions were slowly walking down towards the water from a couple of km away. All what we could see was painted gold by the early morning light and so were the lions. I placed the car in the direction of their walk and we waited them to come. They came and went on so we drove the road closer to the river and intercepted them again. This a pride that does not belong entirely to this area, they come stay few hours and disappear again, they are a sort of semi nomadic pride, they are all lean and muscular, they are long distance walkers.
We left them on the river and we went on the upper road towards r23, other tracks on the road... we followed them again and this time we went to the end, lions feeding on a buffalo killed in the night, two males are there, the light still amazing, the usual growling is on even if some of them are already fed. We leave also this pride and we go east, other tracks and other lions, 6 lioness walk on the road in our same direction, they moved soon towards the river and so we did anticipating them on the middle road, they arrived and they went on so we anticipatedthem again on the river road, again they arrived and went sleeping on the bank, again we left towards the beginning of the first forest.
On the other side of the river there is a lioness, the rest of her pride is barely visible on our side. She goes alone, she wants impalas, she stalks, she moves swiftly into a drainage line and she waits, and we wait, an impala is coming, closer and closer again and there she is, a yellow lightening out of the ditch, she is fast but the impala even more, for a matter of inches it goes off, leaving a panting lioness behind.
Later in the afternoon we got the two males of this morning buff, they are now in the river bed, one crosses the water and almost waked over a small croc, the went on the sand and layed down closing for us a stunning lion's day.
Leopard was close, impalas were close, we waited again but nothing happened.
The rest of the day went off with a mall herd of buffaloes at sunset and a female lion at the bridge drinking water.
Buffaloes are nice, like Spike, a friend of mine, used to say they look at you as you owe them money.
Buffaloes are close and even if lions are a bit fed they keep moving towards them. Eventually the herd moved in the woods and the lions left them.
This morning we went to look for two leopards probably mating around black rocks, we looked everywhere but even if we could hear the vervet monkeys alarm call we could not see the leopards anywhere. Shame!
Only carnivore we saw was hyenas eating the legs of the giraffe killed by lions few days ago.
In the afternoon we went out again fro a little stroll and go a young elephant bull pretending he was big and strong as a mature male.
She walked up in front of he car and walked ten meters far, as we started the car to follow instead of running away she sat down and waited us to approach, she let us close completely undisturbed and after ten minutes she moved. She kept walking for 20 and more mtrs then we started the car and moved 20 mtrs in front of her. She slowly arrived close to us and sat again in front of the car.
We played like that for an hour and eventually went back home.
I love her.