We Follow Two Lions for Many Kilometres …

Ben’s Update from Ta Sebube Lodge on the on the Kgalagadi Photo Safari:

Let’s start with a photo of the WIld Cat thatwe spotted yesterday …

Knowing that our final game drive would be over in a few hours, we were all ready to leave the Lodge as soon the game reserve allowed. We had a very successful game drive that started with a sighting of two lions. A male and female were together, with the female just coming into oestrus. We found them on their way to a waterhole. The lioness walked really briskly along the road and sometimes took a path through the bush, but always parallel to, and never far from the road. She was followed by a large black-maned male. They walked for several kilometres, and as we found them before sunrise we started photographing them with full flash, and some slow panning blurs, using the flash to freeze the subject as they made their way along the road. We usually photographed the female first, and then the male as he followed at a distance of about fifty meters.

Then we pulled ahead of them to get more images in the changing light as they came towards and then past us. We continued in this way for many kilometres.

Eventually the sun rose and bathed the world and the lions in the most splendid light. We took advantage of every moment of that early, golden, glowing light to photograph the duo as they walked through the beautiful Kalahari grasslands, glinting as the slanted sun rays lit up the uppermost stalks and blades of grass with an almost ethereal light. And with those beautiful dunes in the background the scene was set for outstanding images.

We continued behind the lions, stopping occasionally to point our cameras at the usual Plains animals like Springbok, Gemsbok, and Wildebeest.

After their long walk, the two lions reached a Camelthorn thicket where they mated and then fell asleep.

By then it was time to return to the Lodge to pack up and however reluctantly, to leave – until next time …