A couple of days ago I went out with the guest and we had the most spectacular day, filled to the brim with action!
We left at 06:15, the morning was crisp, and the bird song was in full chorus.
We have had a couple of showers in the past week which means that the grass around the triangle and in between camp and Murera river is sprouting new shoots so all the game has moved in.
As we approached 97 the Sun surfaced above the horizon with such breathtaking beauty.
Not far from that, we came across a huge herd of playful Elephants.
The babies were frolicking about in the morning sun in the glistening golden grass, too cute for words! Tenderly entwining their trunks, nudging and nestling each other.
It is incredible to watch the affection between the youngsters.
It is so worthwhile to spend time with these beautiful creatures, and watching the interaction between the members of the herd serves a powerful reminder of why we are trying so hard to preserve these beautiful creatures.
We started moving forward, we were on our way to the south of the park, the herd stretched all the way to Murera river, and when we got close to the river we saw two bulls sizing each other up.
In complete contrast we watched the power of these animals.
They were playfully fighting, but as they connected the crack of their tusks meeting was as loud as thunder.
The sheer strength is mind blowing
The south of the park is much drier at the moment, so the game was scarce. We set up a bush breakfast and had a leisurely morning just enjoying the hustle and bustle of being in the bush.
On the way back we came a cross a Tower of Giraffes. The build up to the rains must have brought with it a build up of testosterone, because as we turned of the engine to watch these elegant beauties, two males also started to size each other up.
To watch Giraffes necking each other is quite an extraordinary experience. Whilst looking so gentle and elegant the power with which they throw their heads at each other is remarkable.
After an exciting action filled morning we had a light lunch and all enjoyed a restful afternoon.
Seeing as the morning was so productive, half of our guests decided to enjoy the pool for the afternoon, but the other half set off for a “gentle sundowners”.
As they approached Murera river they spotted a lone buffalo and stopped to have a look at her.
At a closer look they noticed that her leg was injured, she had a gash on her back leg. Discussing what could have caused it, two lionesses interrupted the conversation. They had been lying low in the scrub.
It became obvious immediately; that they were about to witness a kill and that it had already started before they had arrived. Stan radioed it in, and we jumped into the cruiser with the other guests, assuming we’d arrive to watch the lions eating.
However, this was not so!
The buffalo was putting up the most incredible fight. We arrived and this male lion was sitting on this anthill, having a rest. The others had watched him take a hit to his side (although no skin was broken).
The two other Lionesses were lying low again in the scrub, gathering all their energy for a next go.
The buffalo too was lying down, mustering all her might for the next fight.
After about 20 minutes the two lionesses saw a window of opportunity, thinking that surely the buffalo was weak now. They stalked behind her and started crawling through the grass, only the tips of their ears showing.
But the buffalo could sense their approach. She bounced up; the lionesses gave a short chase before she rounded on them baring her horns.
She stood square on, and held her ground.
Several attempts ensued, but she outsmarted the lionesses every time.
As evening fell, she was still standing…
The lion joined the attack now, but fruitless never the less.
There is no doubt that this buffalo was injured, now with a couple of gashes on her neck, back, buttocks and legs, but whether she survived the night, we don’t know. As we left the lions were no closer to taking her down, and she was no closer to resigning to her fate.
The sun set, and we were left in the dark!
Tanyth, Sean and the Offbeat Meru Team