Lions are a quite common sight on the floodplains along the Zambesi river in Mana Pools NP. Here I was lying on the floor taking this image as they rested under the shade of a bush. It was terribly hot so the Lions didn’t move at all until sundown, when an Elephant cow with her offsprings of different ages came across them on her way to the river for a drink. When we saw the Elephants approaching we moved out of the way and watched the interaction unfold before our eyes. All this was while being on foot. Strangely, I didn’t feel any sense of danger being so close to wild Lions without the protection of the vehicle, as they were so relaxed and hardly noticing us at all. The same occurred with the bull Elephant in the other picture above. He was going from tree to tree to feed from the topmost branches, until he came right up to the tree where we were sitting under. Unfortunately I didn’t have my wide angle lens on me, as I certainly wasn’t expecting to be sitting on a fallen log two meters away from a completely wild Elephant, in a totally relaxed situation.
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