Some 10 k's from camp we find a huge buffalo herd crossing the road, extending for 100's of meters on both sides. There are many calves gamboling around and we pause to enjoy the show.......
|Buffalo bulls fighting (from my photo archives)|
I look ahead and can't believe my eyes....... four lions, females and sub-adults, are on the road also looking towards the distress calls! They quickly cross towards the sounds and within seconds the closest, lead buffalo spot them as well.
We don't know what happens to the wounded buffalo as all attention (ours and the herd) is now on the lion.
With no pause the herd start trotting purposefully towards the lionesses with the leaders breaking into a run.
Turning tail the lions disappear into bushes next to the road side.
Having lost direct sight of the lionesses the buffalo herd pauses........ and then focus west across the road where following their gaze we also see the 2 massive male lions in the open grassland.
With no further hesitation the herd streams across the road and breaks into a determined gallop......
They are obviously more concerned about the male lion than the lionesses and juveniles they've just chased into the bushes.
With both lion and buffalo now hyper-aware of each other........
....... the morning returns to return its original rhythm, and
the buffalo resume their push down to the low ground in the east.......
shadowed by the lion.
Thanks to Asma for spotting the fighting buffalo,
Rupert & Jeorgianna for the video, and
all three of you being there to share this amazing sighting with me!