Warning: this post is not for the faint hearted!
When booking our trip to Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater we hoped to see the 'Big 5' African animals, but we never dreamed we would see as much action as we did!
Day one, about an hour and a half into our first game drive we happen upon a pride of female lions and cubs lazing under a tree. We were amazed to see so many lions so early on in our safari.
After watching them for a bit, our guide decided we should move on if we wanted to see as much as possible. We drove around seeing giraffes and elephants, these creatures are truly bizarre and unique.
As we drove back past the lions, our guide spotted a lioness on the prowl. We positioned ourselves on a bridge over a river with the lions to our left and a herd of unsuspecting zebra to our right.
Soon we realised the rest of the pack were following the lead lioness, but were still some way behind. She crossed the river and crouched low on the bridge about 4 metres in front of the 4x4. Her tactics were coming into play now as she had a great vantage point to watch and study her prey, while the rest of her family positioned themselves, camouflaged, in the long grass behind the car.
It was lucky people was not on the menu, as our 4x4 was completely surrounded, but the lions did not even acknowledge our presence.
Now they were ready, and the next events happened so quickly even our guide was amazed. The first lioness leaped from her high position on the bridge straight at the group of zebras and tactfully herded them to the right to meet the rest of her family. The zebras ran erratically to try and save themselves, but one unfortunate zebra got caught in a rocky area and this is when the lions attacked.
Two lions caught the zebra round the neck, the kill was quick, as the animal was suffocated. This is nature in it's rawest form, but it felt cruel to watch... what was worse, the rest of the zebra herd were watching too from relative safety. These giant cats proceeded to eat every last bit of the once beautiful zebra... and we (some would say unfortunately) had front row seats. This is something that I will never forgot!