ok, i've posted a couple of light snacks
already - here's the main course. we were all eager to see the lions when we arrived at the reserve, however we had our expectations levelled when we were told that we'd be lucky to come across them. the kind of news that sucks if you don't see anything, but makes it more special if you do. we had to travel for about an hour, without stopping, to the area where they suspected the lions would be, and then started looking. at first we saw the mother by herself, and then further down the track we came across the father, and then one by one the three cubs wandered over for a cuddle. it was really strange seeing them act so... cat-like. they were nuzzling, licking and yawning just like domestic cats
- only much, much bigger and much, much more fearsome.
i couldn't really choose between these two photos as i liked them both, but also thought that they went together quite well. so i've included a smaller version
if you don't like scrolling.