Monday, 7 April 2008

lions, lions, lions.

On Saturday afternoon I was presenting the drive and Alex was on camera. We were heading towards Guarrie pan when Alex spotted a vulture. Then we saw two more, and then three more. Immediately we knew something was up.
As we watched a stunning sunset, we speculated about the possibility that lions could be around. Sure enough around the next corner, two lionesses on a fresh kudu kill. The spiral horns told us straight away that it was a bull. It must have been killed around lunch time.The bush was very thick, but a great sighting all the same. One lioness looked like she has broken or damaged her jaw. Her right bottom canine tooth is protruding out next to her lip. On Sunday morning, I decided to open the drive with the lionesses. On Sunday afternoon, the radio chatter told me that lions are sleeping. So WE started around Buffelshoek dam, saw the hippo and a 'new' crocodile lying out on the bank. Great to see a croc again, WE don't get a lot of them in our area generally. Next we head off to the lions, and about 600m from the dam, surprise, they cross the road in front of us, going to the water. Well of course we get there ahead of them. The croc ran back into the water next to us, hippo starts yawning, a blood red sunset and two lionesses drinking right in front of us! Well it just doesn't get a lot better than that. Another day at the office.
This morning we heard hyaena's during the night and we went back to the kill to find lots of vultures and hyena tracks. The two lionesses and the whole carcass had disappeared.
Written by Pieter Pretorius.


Anonymous said...

I saw them, amazing lioness with wild honey eyes.

Stacy said...

Wonderful photographs Pieter! I was lucky enough to be watching the drive as most of the things you were describing happened. Thank you for taking me along this virtual adventure. I hope to one day visit beautiful Djuma.

Anonymous said...

A wonderful account of your recent drives, Pieter. It was a joy to be watching as they happened and as you were presenting.

Thank you to you and all at WE for the educational and thoroughly enjoyable drives. WE has made me very happy.

El -

Anonymous said...

...One of the top 5 drives since WE began, in my book!! Thumbs up Pieter, Alex, Jan and the entire WE team - Thank you! (Nice write-up too, Pieter!)

Beverly (Wildcall)

Claire-M. from the Best Maple Syrup Region said...

Hello Pieter,

At last a message written by you! Reading it I felt the same excitement than when I lived all those events with you and Alex.

The lioness with the protruding tooth was seen on last Oct. 9th, "The of the Cheetah and the Kahuma Pride" ... it's probably on Rexon Sunrise drive ... Anyway, I call that lioness "Odd-Tooth". I never forgot her.

What a week! I suppose that you don't forget the elephant sighting with matriarch Upside-Down's family! And what about this afternoon ... a Malachite kingfisher followed almost immediately by an African hawk-eagle! ... and what to say about those beautiful Autumn colours!!!

I hope that we'll have the chance to read you again soon.

Thank you very much,

aka Clic2007