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Duba Plains: Twelve very Satisfied Lions
From Ben Cranke
We returned to Duba Plains today to start our latest safari
As soon as the briefing was over we headed out to the Plains to check on the lions, not forgetting all the other amazing animals, but they really are the highlight here.
Two groups of lions had amalgamated yesterday and the pride of twelve had managed to take down a large buffalo bull.
By the time we met up with them this afternoon, the pride was lying in the shade, tummies bulging, and enjoying the late afternoon sun. What a contented, peaceful scene, that contrasted so much with all the activity a few days ago.
What was left of the buffalo was being enjoyed by vultures who were managing to feed uninterruptedly.
The whole scene provided wonderful photo opportunities, and with the late afternoon sun, the resting cats, and the active vultures, we managed some really good shots.
We finally decided to head back to the Lodge for dinner.
On the way back, we spotted a beautiful Giant Eagle Owl, and we all had an excellent time with night photography. The huge bird cooperated, and yet again everyone captured some lovely images.
It is something so special to sit outside under stars that seem to be extra bright, and tonight the moon is more than three quarters full. The sounds of the bush surround us, and with the company of like minded people, and the indescribable feeling of relaxation with excitement makes one really believe that all is right with the world ...