When we headed out before sunrise our first action plan was to catch up again with the large pride of 22 lions. We searched the area for quite a while thinking that they had moved, but when there was no sign of any one of them in the predicted areas we made our way back to where we last saw them. To our surprise we found the lions very close to where we had left them. The reason for our surprise was because they had appeared quite lean and hungry, and certainly ready to hunt. So we were quite taken aback to discover that they had hardly moved through the night. Maybe they were just not hungry enough – yet.
Luckily for us the lions were sprawled out in the open, making photography a cinch. We photographed the individuals as they played around, nuzzled each other, and when one of the males showed more than usual interest in one of the females, and started to make amorous overtures in her direction, we were kept really busy with our cameras. Each time the lioness moved, the huge, handsome male was right there beside her.
After we left the lions we saw plenty of tsessebe and wildebeest and then spent quite a bit of time at Marabou Pan. We photographed elephants and because a dead tree created a perfect backdrop we practised high key photography. The compositions were outstanding and everyone managed to get some superb shots.
Because so many animals are attracted to water at Marabou Pan, one can simply stop there and watch the nonstop passing parade of various species. In addition to the elephants, tsessebe, wildebeest we photographed warthogs, jackals, and a variety of birds like sandgrouse and doves.
In fact the pan is such a popular spot for animals that we headed straight back there on our afternoon drive. Once again we photographed not only elephants but also the different animals that arrived to slake their thirst in the afternoon heat.
When it started to cool down we returned to the lions. Surely they would be up and active! No! They were still fast asleep, so we left them and returned to the camp.
After sunset back at the Lodge we went out for some nighttime photography at the waterhole overlooked by the camp area. Streams and streams of elephants, buffalo, Wild Dogs, and even a large male leopard arrived to drink. Wow! The photo opportunities were simply endless, leaving us very torn between not wanting to miss a moment, and getting enough sleep before the morning game drive …