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Phinda: Lions, then Cheetah and a diversity of game
Our journeys to the Northern Marsh area have been so successful that we decided to start there again this morning.
We found fairly fresh lion tracks and followed these until we found the pride. They had just finished consuming an Nyala that they caught - probably during the night -and we're lying a few meters away. The whole pride was lolling around with the cubs playing, climbing and chasing each other around.
We remained with the pride until the senior lionesses moved the whole pride into dense bush, where we were unable to follow.
The marshy clearing was teeming with game with plentiful impala, wildebeest
We stopped just long enough to get some photographs of these before we left and headed off to where we had seen the cheetahs yesterday, hoping that they would still be in the area.
To our delight we found them resting and sleepy on a termite mound and after a few photographs of the two -
-we headed back to the camp for breakfast.
This afternoon we visited different water holes. At the first we found a herd of elephants, but as they were moving into thickish bush we travelled on.
When we reached the two cheetahs from this morning they were still on the same termite mound and were beginning to stir. We made a quick loop through the bush, stopping to photograph an Nyala in curry bushes.
When we completed the loop and were back at the cheetahs again they were fully awake and ready for their evening activities.
We followed them until darkness set in, as they moved around, patrolling their territory and scent marking as they progressed around the area.
Everyone has mixed feelings about the last evening ... wonderful sightings, excellent photo opportunities leave one wanting more and more ...