04.10.08

Day 4: Lion Tracking

Posted in africa 2008, personal, photos, travel at 11:35 pm by wingerz

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Day 4: March 18, Afternoon

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lion viewing

We are on our afternoon stroll through the steppe when Simon raises a closed fist, signaling us to stop in our tracks and not say a word. For the next fifteen minutes we hurry excitedly along the trail behind him, flanked by several Maasai. There are lions somewhere off to our left. Their roars are surprisingly loud, making the faraway lions sound as though they are tens of feet away from us. There are three of them. We find a small hill to observe them from, but because there’s only space for two people at a time the lions get away after six people have seen them.

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real lion food

We hike through the grass to the lions’ previous location. The stench of sun-baked rotting meat hits us before we notice the carcass of a partially-eaten buffalo covered in buzzing black flies. We move on to a nearby watering hole where we find lots of lion tracks in the mud. There is a heated debate about where to go next. Later we learn that several of the more experienced guides had (successfully) argued strongly for heading back to camp rather than pursuing the three lions, now aware of the presence of twenty-two clueless tourists.

After we get back we enjoy brief “showers”, agreeing to each use 2 liters. Very refreshing, though not enough to cleanse our bodies of the accumulation of sweat, dust, sunscreen, and deet.

2 Comments »

  1. Dan Stowell said,

    April 11, 2008 at 8:04 am

    > The stench of sun-baked rotting meat hits us before we notice the carcass of a partially-eaten buffalo covered in buzzing black flies.

    I love rotting meat.

  2. Leah said,

    April 17, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Wow …. AMAZING photos all around!! Puerto Rico?! I want to go on your trip!! :)

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