While on my Kalahari and Okavango Delta safari we ventured off on a long drive into the Central Kalahari, and finally arrived at our wild camping area. When I say wild, I mean really wild. Right on our arrival, our guide advised us not to leave the perimeter because where we were camping was full of wild animals, especially lions. He also said that if we wanted to use the toilets during the night that we should use one of the spotlights before coming out of our tent.
After setting up our tents and stuff, we had dinner and stayed sitting around the fire. We were all very relaxed, drinking South African red wine and talking, until our guide pointed to the bushes and signaled us to lower our voices. There was a noise coming from inside the bushes - the noise was roaring lions. The lions were so close that I thought it could possibly be the last night of my life. They continued roaring for quite a long time. While we drifted off to sleep we could still hear them roaring from inside our tents.
It was a great experience and definitely a very exciting night that we shared - only five of us surrounded by lions and other species (all very wild) in the middle of Central Kalahari. Besides the excitement, that night was definitely when I started to respect wildlife - it was clear to me that we are nothing compared to the wild, nothing! The next day we found this lioness with her kill; a male ostrich, just a couple metres from our camp. Wild, isn't it?
Above: A successful ostrich kill leaves traces of blood lingering on the lioness' fur.
Article by Luiz Carlos