There will never be a moment where one can grow tired observing animal interaction in the African bush!
I recently returned from a private photographic safari to Mashatu game reserve in Botswana. During our stay we had unbelievable sightings and were treated with quite the surprise on our last day.
We came across a pride of lion resting underneath a thicket in the distance. As we approached, we saw two lionesses and three cubs. They made a relatively fresh eland kill and were filled to the brim.
All around the lion, vultures gathered as the clock ticked by. At one stage I counted about 15 vultures around the kill, all keeping their distance.
Suddenly I saw the lionesses alert and staring into the distance. At this stage we couldn't see anything in this direction. Clearly something was brewing.
After about five minutes, a lone hyena approached the scene with the smell of a kill in the air. The hyena was cautious yet curious.
About five minuted later, a second hyena approached and smelled the air. We literally had the kill on the one side of the vehicle and the two hyenas on the other side, about twenty meters apart.
Suddenly the one lioness flew to her feet and walked closer, observing the behaviour of the two hyena.
From nowhere she exploded into action and ran towards the younger hyena...
As she ran, dust was kicked up by thumping and breathing...
The chase continued...
Lucky for the hyena, the lioness just ate herself to the limit and her speed let her down on this day. Even though male lions tend to kill hyenas, lionesses can either seriously injure hyena and in some cases cause fatalities.
Just as the action died, the second lioness got up and burst into running towards the older hyena...
She was fast, really fast, and at one stage I was certain the hyena will be taken down at any stage...but luck was on the hyena's side...by the hair on its skin...
As the hyena strolled away, even a jackal stood its ground and barked with warning.
The chase was over. The lionesses returned to their kill and cubs. They rested after another successful and exciting day on the African savannah.
Until next time guys, hope you enjoyed this experience with me. Please let me know what you think and you are welcome to comment!
All the best,