Lions Cause Gridlock

young lions

Caption: Two young lions raise their heads in alarm from the safe haven of long winter grass, Kruger National Park, South Africa.

These two lion cubs - from different litters as the one is clearly older - were part of a pride of about eight lions lying in tall winter grass close to the road near Satara Camp in the Kruger Park.

It was already late afternoon and also the final day of July school holidays. Lion sightings had been sparse in the area, so for many this was the last opportunity to see the big cats before returning home.

Drivers jostled for position, blocking the road and creating a mini gridlock (below).

traffic jam

road hogss

Driver forces way between cars, moving off road and blocking view. Lions lying in grass are circled.

In cases like this people show their worst side as they try to force their way into better positions, blocking the view of others.

The lions were fairly oblivious of all this, occasionally lifting their heads or changing positions, but it wasn't much of a sighting, certainly from our position. In the meantime it was getting close to 5.30pm, which is camp closing time in winter.

Eventually the fear of being locked out of camp and paying hefty fines saw the traffic jam break up, leaving the lion pride in peace, free from the stares and cameras of badly behaved humans.

Text and photos: Andy Jammmer

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