Over the last week, we managed to do some wonderful walking safaris. Whilst on trail, we picked up tracks for two of the Timbavati Male lions.
These massive, saucer shaped tracks are fairly intimidating when standing next to them on foot with not a vehicle in sight. Now, we always run through possible scenarios with guests on foot including how to react to a charge and the do’s and do not’s! The golden rule with lions is DO NOT RUN; a lion has the potential to charge at roughly 80 km per hour, which is about 22 meters a second. Stand your ground and follow the guide’s instructions to the letter. Even though we didn’t manage to find these lions on foot, on the way back to Machaton dam hide in the vehicle, we encountered the Machaton pride who had just taken down an impala ram. The two Timbavati males rushed in to get their share of the spoils and then had a disagreement over who was getting what and proceeded to fight it out. Just imagine seeing these two brutes on foot, very exciting stuff!