The next day’s game drives brought the four lions again and it was obvious they still hadn’t eaten. We saw them in the morning and again in the afternoon, still sleeping in the same place we’d left them that morning. But on the game drives we did see ostrich, elephant, giraffe, zebra, impala, kudu, sable, secretary birds, leopard tortoise and the ever-present lilac breasted roller. The next day brought news that a large male lion had been sighted in the area, which presumably had scared off the four siblings as they were nowhere to be found.
It turned out that he had been discovered when only a few days old with the bodies of his siblings who had presumably been killed by lions. His mother was nowhere to be seen and so he was rescued and raised with a domestic cat until he became an ambassador for Wild Horizons. Sylvester, as he is now called, walks in the bush with guests from Elephant Camp and although he does know how to bring down prey, he has no idea how to kill. Very strange to be at such close quarters with a fully grown cheetah and not at all what I was expecting!