Monday, February 23, 2015

On safari With Curtis 21 February 2015

21 February 2015

This morning as we left camp it was already warm and as the day progressed it got even hotter. By the afternoon the temperature was in the high 90s maybe even reaching three figures. This contributed to the day being relatively quiet at times however we did still manage to get a good number of sightings. These included hippo, elephants, rhino, giraffe, klipspringer, common duiker, buffalo, warthog, waterbuck, kudu and impala.

The highlight of the day was a lion sighting, we had seen lions already earlier in the day but that sighting was very average as the lions were hiding in the tall grass.

At the second lion sighting we found two females and just ten meters from them three hyena. The hyena were busy eating, possibly having stolen it from the lions. Every now again the hyenas would approach the lions as if goading them. Eventually the lions had had enough and got up and pushed the hyenas away, not that the hyenas were happy.

Lots of squealing and cackling from the hyenas, growling by the lions and a face off with only six feet separating them. Eventually after one final feed the two lions moved off into the shade and this was the cue for the hyena to do the same.

We had been treated to thirty minutes of drama with this interaction between two serious rivals.

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