As much as we have no idea what we are going to see when we are out on one of our Game drives/Safaris in The Pilanesberg doing the Hot air Balloon flight is no different. On this particular morning, we flew over a pride of lions that were laying about in the early morning sunshine. One of our Pilots managed to take some photos with her cell phone.
The lionesses split up and we all knew the hunt was on. They stalked low down in the grass edging closer and closer to the unsuspecting prey, making use of every tree and shrub they could find to hide their position.
We had lost visual of the one lioness so we kept a close eye on the one we could see. After about 20 minutes with the visible lioness, not 30 Meters away from the waterbuck they caught wind of her and made a run for it. The lioness gave a half-hearted chase and stopped as the waterbuck went into a dry riverbed, where we could no longer see them. The lionesses had missed their target … or so we thought. Little did we know the lioness that we had lost sight of had been waiting in ambush in the riverbed. As we moved forward this is what we found.
We had some great sightings during the month and here are some we would like to share with you.