Interesting animals sightings in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park are a matter of luck and also timing. Earlier in the day a family of lions had strolled up onto a dune overlooking the Kij Kij waterhole (see Kgalagadi map here). Settling down on the top of the dune, between some shrubs they were just furry blobs which occasionally lifted a head to yawn or flicked a tail. Not too interesting to watch, and too far away to get good photos.
Late afternoon, Willie decided to go back and see if the lions were still there. They were just waking up from their daytime sleep and starting to get more active. And what better place to scout out a potential meal than right above a waterhole?
The lions decide to take a closer look . . .One lioness takes on the role of “chief stalker” while we suspect that the other lions moved around the Gemsbok herd.
The next four photos are of the lioness starting to do some serious stalking. Look at the intense concentration on her face.
Unfortunately, below is as close as Willie got to witnessing a full-on chase (although there were no signs of a kill near the waterhole the next morning). The sun was setting and he needed to still drive back to the camp some distance away. In the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (as is common in most game reserves), one has to be back in camp by sunset.
The photos in this post were taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park during August 2014.
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