Singita Grumeti

Grumeti | May 2012

06 May 2012 was a hot Sunday that saw little movement from the animals as they lay in the shade to escape the heat. With the exception of the Sabora West Pride that had chased a warthog who then took refuge in a burrow. This pride consists of 5 lionesses and 10 cubs ranging in age from 3 to 5 months. Greg and I arrived shortly after the chase and two of the lionesses were lying close to the hole. They knew the warthog was in there and the warthog knew the lionesses were waiting outside. After about half an hour one of the lionesses got tired of waiting and started digging. This activity soon attracted the attention of the other four lionesses who took it turns to wander over from a nearby tree under which they had been resting. All of them took turns in lying next to the hole, peering in intently. Soon the excavation widened and deepened, anticipation of the final outcome gripped us all – excitement for us, the lion about the possible meal and the warthog with trepidation. Three hours later and the lions were still at it; joined every so often by one or more of the cubs, but it seemed they still had a long way to go.