I've been lucky enough to spend quite bit of time in Ruaha recently freelancing at Tandala Camp with some great guests. With 10% of all the lions left in Africa residing in Ruaha, it's always a great place to see lions. We employed a mixture of good fortune, finding lions right next to the road, and hard work, spotting with binoculars and crossing sand rivers, to get our sightings. One particular afternoon after lunch under an Apple Leaf tree on the far side of the Mwagusi river, we rounded a corner to find two young females atop a large termite mound. Fortunately we were able to get close to them without off-roading and not to close as to disturb them. We had the privilege of their company for all most an hour. The lions were staring intently across the river where we had seen a couple of other cars bumping along a road. They were calling every so often, altering between being very relaxed and then somewhat unnerved, as if expecting another lion to appear at any moment. Later we learnt there had been an attempted pride takeover unfolding on the other side of the river, witnessed by several cars, hence why our lions were so nervous, they must have become separated from the rest of the pride in the melee. For much of the time the lions were actually above us in the car, making for some unique photo angles. Thanks to Nikki & Ryan for sharing such a fantastic sighting with me.
You can see a series of photos from the sighting below, click to enlarge and to see a range of fine art print, canvas and mounted options: