Your stomach plunges down to the
cradle of your hips...
Your palms immediately become slick...
Your heartbeat increases in strength and speed...
There is a loud buzzing, gushing sound in your ears...
Suddenly you are decidedly aware of your vulnerability
and physical frailty...
It also becomes exceedingly obvious that you are outmatched
in weight, tooth and claw.
And you fight the impulse to turn tail and pump your
legs up and down as hard as you ever have before ...
There is a moment of eye to eye contact in which you
know with certainty that had you been here alone, possibly
even should you have been armed, that you would have
come off second best and much, much worse for wear.
Yet there is a strength of dignity in the meeting, your
soul's recognition of a kindred spirit and mutual respect
for one another as each representing the kings of different
The first experience of meeting the largest carnivore
on the African continent on foot is humbling indeed.
The senses thrill with the excitement of it all and
are tweaked, reaching perceptions of greater intensity
and depth! It is one of those moments that is seared
into your memory and as you recall it in days to come,
your body responds to the recollection, your heart begins
to beat a little faster and your eyes shine with a fever
of ecstasy. It is a story of exhilaration to be shared
with anyone who will listen and who can appreciate the
glory of the meeting and the amazing manner in which
fate conspired to bring these two paths together to
connect in one breathtaking moment.
Lion, Panthera leo, is a majestic, powerful cat that
dominates its environment and yet, is still a playful
kitten at heart. The king of the veld shares the bush
with a multitude of other creatures, each with their
own strengths and defences, their own unique markings
The best method of getting up close and personal with
the African bush is to get down and dirty, to pull on
those hiking boots, brave the African sun and trek through
the bush on a guided bush walk.
Not far from Camps Bay, only an hour or two's drive,
lies the African bush, roaring and chirping, alive with
creatures of enormous girth to almost magical abilities!
There are a couple of game farms in the area that boast
The Big Five: lion, elephant, the elusive leopard, temperamental
rhino and stocky buffalo.
Most game farms will offer the visitor early morning
and sunset game drives, game walks as well as night
drives. Often bush braai's can be arranged in which
venison and other meats are cooked over an open fire
with traditional South African accompaniments, such
as pap (ground maize cooked to a stiff porridge or to
a delicate crumble) with tomato and onion sauce, and
a range of salads.
It is something quite special to spend a night or two
in the bush, safely ensconced in your luxury tent or
in a sweet-smelling thatched lodge. As the sun sets,
it brings to life an array of sounds, of murmurs, squawks
and hums. And as the lion roars into the night, letting
all and sundry know that it is here, that this is its
home and playground, the air vibrates around and you
feel the reverberations in your chest; you are in awe
with the wonder of it all.
About the Author
Discover Africa from the safety and luxury of Al Villa
Bay Guest House.
About the Author:
Want to know more about taking a cheap African safari
tour ? Get all the tips and tricks plus information
lion safari destinations with our informative review