The 16 staff who were already here yesterday had the opportunity to go on a game drive. This was on the reserve in an open vehicle. Well, two vehicles, with 8 in each and then our guides. It was an amazing experience.
One of our staff couples who is here helping with the conference.
Liesel, our guide. I got to sit next to her on the drive and got to know her a little. We exchanged e-mails and I hope we can stay in touch.
Wildebeast, also known as Brindled Gnu
This male lion killed a wildebeast recently. What we learned is that though the female lions most often are the ones to do the hunting, the males will hunt and tend to be the ones who kill the big game. When they make a kill, they will stay near it for days until every bit is gone. They often have to chase jackals and hyenas and other scavengers away. Our guide knew this lion would be here because of the wildebeast.
We also learned that the lions love to lay on the dirt roads because the way they attract the heat during the day, and cool off at night. When we first came across this lion, he was sprawled out sleeping on the road. He lay there almost motionless for about 10 minutes. The only sign he was alive was the twitching of his tail. I began to think that the only pictures I would get of him would be the ones of him asleep, and then I noticed his eyes open briefly. Slowly he started to wake up and this is what we saw.
If you look closely, you’ll see that his eyes are slightly open here.
At this point, the lion got up slowly and then started to lumber towards us. He started about 20 feet away from us, but when he got up and started to walk towards us. When he got about 5 feet from the jeep, he stood and stared at us for a couple minutes and then turned and headed into the bush where his food was.
Once we turned around to head to another spot to find more wildlife, the lion came back out of the bush and started to walk down the road, Liesl told us it was to get water. So we followed behind him for several minutes. Notice the dust that is surrounding him that was stirred up by his weight, which Liesl estimated to be about 250 kg (550 lbs). He was around 1.2 meters tall (3 1/2 feet)
Another White Rhinoceros
These are Waterbok. They were the last animals we were able to get pictures of because the light had mostly gone by this point in time.