For Part 1 of the "Surprise Attack" click here
Who could have anticipated that those seemingly docile buffalo, having walked cautiously past the lion only 10 minutes before, would suddenly decide to charge back down the valley and chase the pride off their kill?
It all happened so quickly that one needed a video camera to really capture the action.
After initially taking shelter behind a large termite mound the lionesses then decided to cross the road behind us to put some more distance between them and the buffalo.
Here, they hunkered down in the grass and peered through the bushes, across to their lost meal and it's new guardians.
As I mentioned in my last posting, it was a very very hot afternoon, and all the cats were panting heavily after the unexpected exercise.
After a few minutes of no further action from the buffalo, the lionesses started crossing back over the road.
The cubs, obviously still hungry, were not going to be left behind!
During the previous lull I had driven up the road and U-turned to be in a better position for photographing the next lot of action. I was rewarded with the following views of the mothers and their cubs (albeit through my rather dusty windscreen....)
But, those buffalo were not going to let these enemies of theirs back to their meal quite so easily.....
As soon as they sensed the lion they charged again, though never going as far as crossing the road.
While I watched over the next five minutes there were two more approaches and two more chases.
The lion were definitely not winning this one!
Eventually the lionesses settled into the taller grass behind the termite mound, and some of the cubs came out onto the road to wait for the outcome.
And here's where I should say - "wait for Part 3" !
But I can't, because I don't know what Part 3 is either.
Much to my frustration, sunset was only a few minutes off, camp was 10 kilometers away, and I had to get going, or face a heavy fine for being in after "gates close".
So that's where I'm going to leave the story.