If you thought I was kidding . . .

In yesterday’s post I wrote about hyenas sniffing and pawing at my canvas “cabin”, and I’ve previously told stories of predators wandering through the other wilderness camps we have stayed in. If you thought I was kidding, you need to take a look at the photograph in this post (see Camping in the Kalahari). As there is no camping allowed in the unfenced camps on the South African side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, I’m assuming the photo was taken on the Botswana side of the Transfrontier Park.

So do you think he knew anything before the flash went off? Wild animals can be really quiet when they want to be. I now fully understand why one is told to use a torch at night and take a good look around before venturing out of one’s cabin/tent!

Update: You can read a continuation of this story at HERE.


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15 Comments on “If you thought I was kidding . . .”

  1. March 29, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    Wow–that photo says a lot! Goodness! (Gotta go to bed now!)

    • March 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

      Yes, what is it they say about a photo being worth 1000 words?! Hope this didn’t give you nightmares.

  2. Estie
    March 29, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    That’s really something. I would have liked to know what happened afterwards.

  3. March 29, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    I wish there was an “After” photo. Of course I have been laughing at that guy ever since you tweeted it- those sweet little lionesses all waiting patiently for him to go to the bathroom…

  4. March 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #


  5. March 29, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    They look like nice, friendly lions. I’m sure they wouldn’t have eaten much.

  6. March 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    I´ll take into account when I travel to Africa!

    • March 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

      Well, it’s only if you travel into the bush that you really have to be on the lookout for predators.

  7. jacquelincangro
    March 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    OMG! If they could talk, they would probably have said, “Dinnertime!” The way their eyes shine from the flash makes it all the more intense.

  8. April 4, 2011 at 3:26 am #

    Can you imagine if he didn’t know they were there before the photo? That would be have been very shocking! I guess I’ll need to exercise some caution if I decide to stay in any wilderness camps.

    • April 4, 2011 at 5:12 am #

      From the different reports I’ve read, these guys weren’t expecting the young lions to be so persistent and stay in the camp for so long. One of them is a game ranger, and I can’t believe that he would think it would be a good idea to sleep outside (albeit on their car roofs) in an unfenced game camp. Think of my blog as an introductory to “bush safety”! 😉

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