Yesterday marked one year since we arrived in South Africa, and we have not had a single visitor. I do understand the travel distance and flight cost. It’s an epic vacation, for sure, even once-in-a-lifetime.
We still ask ourselves how we ended up living here, and having these insane adventures, like this latest Kruger trip and an incredible lion sighting…
We had been sitting in the car for an hour or so just enjoying the non-predator activity at a dam. That morning we talked about how we have never had a “spot” on lions by ourselves; in other words, we have only seen wild lion when a group of cars were already stopped looking at lion. We talked about how amazing it would be if we were the first to spot lions sometime, or how incredibly lucky those people were who got those photos of lions in the road, walking around their cars.
Then, both happened.
Kurt spotted them first: a lioness, followed by a young lion coming up the creek bed behind her. I looked around and realized we were the only car looking at the lions. There were a couple other cars in the area but they were looking at elephants and hippos in the dam.
We got the spot!
Then we realized they were coming our way!
Soon they were up on the road and cars quickly began piling up as people passing through began stopping and trying to angle for photos.
We stayed exactly where we were, even though it meant people frequently blocking our shot. We were rewarded when the lioness came toward us and began walking around our car.
If you’re on the fence about visiting South Africa, I hope this has helped push you in the right direction. You never know what encounters you’ll have here, but just one lucky break like this makes you know it was worth it.
And if lions aren’t your thing, consider this beautiful new tourism video below:
Happy Thursday, readers. Come visit South Africa.
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