There is no fear like staring into the face of a lion to me but obviously it did not seem to bother this agama lizard. This was a fun photo with the rocks, the agama, the flowers and of course this dominant male lion. We know he was the big guy because he was mating.
We saw many lions, mostly female out on the hunt.
The males were generally laid back enjoying life.We discovered a tree that was literally infested with lions. Our guide counted 18, we could only see 15 but he is a pro.This was one branch that held a bunch of lions with full bellies ready for a nap.
The whole pride was up there taking an after lunch snooze. A couple were awake, perhaps on guard, but most were sound asleep covered with flies. By the way, if you click on the photos, you can get full screen.
We were very fortunate to see 3 leopards many safaris see none. This guy put on quite a show as he moved around on a rock in search of prey. He seemed to be totally ignoring our presence.We watched him for at least ten minutes as he moved around on a clump of rocks but well hidden from impalas and gazelles that were nearby.When he moved to the other side of the rocks, our guide backed up and we were able to watch him climb a tree on the other side and search in a different direction.On another afternoon we found our second leopard asleep in a tree. Our guide spotted his legs hanging down over a limb. Leopards often carry their kill into the tree to avoid competition from hyena.
We were unable to get a picture of the third leopard but he gave us quite a thrill as he jumped from a tree not 25 feet from the roadway and dashed into the grasses. Glad he jumped right instead of left towards our truck. Most animals always run from the sight of man because of our bad reputation.
The big cat we missed was the cheetah. They are very rare as well but we looked every day. We thought we saw one in the grasses along side the road one day but it turned out to be a serval.The serval is much smaller than the cheetah but he gave us a bit of excitement.