Two days ago I talked of a sighting in which we had found the Ingrid Dam female with a kill hoisted in a Jackalberry tree.
Well while that was happening the Styx pride of lions were found near the Sand River, but they were lying deep in some Spikethorn thickets and difficult to see as a result.
We stayed with the leopard quite late in the morning, but it was a cloudy day so on the way back to camp we decided to stop at the lions to see if they were moving.
Turns out it was a good decision.
As we arrived we saw that the pride had come out onto the sand on the southern bank of the river.
When it comes to wildlife photography, it’s almost always best to go for the money shot (ideally once you’ve banked a few photos to remember the sighting), so we decided to park on the other side of the stream, mainly just in the hope that we could get some front-on shots of the pride drinking, should any of them get thirsty.
As it turns out, we got way luckier than that!
One of the lions got up and slowly wandered down to the water, and after a quick drink, leaped over the stream. Lions don’t like to get their feet wet, and often when one does something the others will follow, so we waited with bated breath, thinking the others might do the same..
And they did:
This particular crossing point is frequented by herbivores coming to drink during the day. The pride were clearly hoping to ambush something coming down to the river, but it ended up being a quiet day and they didn’t manage to grab a meal.
It’s not often you get to see a whole pride jumping over water like that, no matter how small the stream was, so coming on top of the leopard that we had found earlier, we were pretty thrilled with a successful morning.