I only had a short time in South Africa, so of course I had to go all out on the big animal experience. And seeing a lot of animals means taking a lot of pictures, which means using up the battery in your camera pretty fast. And Murphy’s Law dictates that the battery MUST die as soon as two male lions are roaring 8 feet away from your open air vehicle. So needless to say, I don’t have any pictures of that, which did in fact happen to me. Real lions, really roaring, really close to you sounds almost completely nothing like the lion that roars at the beginning of movies. The movie lion makes you fill your face with popcorn, the real thing makes you fill you shorts with something else.
So I knew I shouldn’t have taken so many pictures of things that end in “bok” (springbok, blesbok, gemsbok, Tiki-Tiki-Tick-tock-bok, ok I made that last one up) but they are peacful, plentiful, diurnal and therefore easy to photograph. Unlike lions which are evasive, sneaky and rare. Cats are not easy to photograph, as evidenced by my inability to get any decent pics of my very tame housecat, and I probably would have botched the pictures anyway if the camera hadn’t sabatoaged me first. Sigh!
Of course lions aren’t the only thing you have to worry about in Africa, elephants actually kill more people than lions do, their wide ranging grazing lifestyle and shrinking habitat brings them into close contact with people, especially near farming communities.