We planned to be out really early this morning to find any of the cats ... either the lions that we had heard, or hopefully to catch up with one of the leopards we had seen.
Again luck was in our favour. We found Salayexe again, and we almost experienced a bit of deja-vu to begin with - she was lying on another exposed termite mound.
As we were taking the opportunity to collect more stunning pictures of the peaceful, resting cat, the scene changed, as often happens in the unpredictable bush.
A hyena wandered into the scene and in a flash the serenely resting Salayexe changed into a snarling, hissing, angry creature. She bared her teeth menacingly, hissed with fury, and did her best to intimidate the interloper, who first looked at her in amazement, and then growled equally menacingly. The two glared, snarled, hackles raised and fully focussed on each other.
This continued for some time with both animals showing hostility and trying to dominate the scene. Finally the hyena seemed to shrug and wandered off to find another area to scavenge or hunt.
This afternoon we went in search of the lions that we knew were in the area. We found that three lions had encroached from a neighbouring territory and had killed one of the subadult cubs of the resident lions. The remaining two lionesses with their only subadult cub were resting in the grass, possibly tired from their earlier trauma.
On the way back to the Lodge we again managed some panning shots of impala, warthog,
also some giraffe and wildebeest.
So after a very full day, we are again sitting around the fire, listening to those wonderful bush sounds, and enjoying the smells and ambience all around.
We are so pleased with all we have seen and experienced so far that we are content for tomorrow to present any surprise ...