During our trip to South Africa, we spent four days at Nagala Tented Safaris and we had numerous encounters with the king of beasts, both male and female. On one occasion we followed a male lion at night and watched him roar from about 15 yards away. A lion roar is a spectacular event when that close. The vehicles were open on all sides so we had a great view.
Elephants were not difficult to find. These two posed side by side while enjoying a drink at a pond fed from a well. Water is in short supply during the dry season.
We photographed this cape buffalo from the vehicle, but on one occasion, as we walked back to camp with our guide we accidentally approached to within 30 yards of a dugga boy like this one and carefully backed away. I don’t think he ever saw us.
While we watched hippos, this leopard arrived at the pond and had a drink. We followed her for about an hour and she ignored us while hunting. Her two cubs were asleep in the nearby bushes. We had observed and photographed one of her young on a previous outing.
The rhino was pretty boring, but the oxpeckers sitting on top of him were amusing as they hopped into and around his ears.