When Lions Attack!
Trip Start Aug 26, 2007
18Trip End Sep 09, 2007
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Thankfully, after our return to the lodge we were not bothered by the monkeys again during siesta time, though the room next to us (the honeymooners) was visited by baboons, which we could hear crashing through the trees. Instead, we watched several kudu (antelope) feeding right in front of us, as well as elephants on the hills in the distance
On our third and last evening drive, a highlight was seeing a large herd of elephants, including a tiny (well, by elephant standards) baby only about three days old. We took our sundowner stop rather late, as the sun had almost set by the time we stopped. "Sundowners" were a tradition we grew to like very much - cocktails, typically enjoyed at sundown (duh). Every night on safari, we would stop and Isaac and Marcelino would set out a white tablecloth-covered table, with alcohol, wines, mixers, and snacks. We would get out of the vehicle after Marcelino surveyed the area for any nearby animals, stretch our legs, and enjoy a cocktail (or two) before resuming our game drive. One of our favorite sundowner drinks was Amarula, which is a kahlua-like liqueur, except that it is flavored not by coffee but by the fruit of the marula tree, and served over ice. On the morning drives it was also good mixed into hot chocolate. Mmmmm. But I am getting off topic...
Anyway, on our last night, as he parked the vehicle, Marcelino told a story about encountering a lioness in the area near where we'd stopped. As we finished up our drinks and chatted around the front of the vehicle, Marcelino and Isaac started packing up. Sam was (of course) playing music on his iPhone, and Kirsten and I were talking to Nazrin, one of the newlyweds