Close Encounters with the African Lion!

by Mridula on May 15, 2013

in Canon D550,Photography

The wildlife experience at the Manyeleti Game Reserve with the Tintswalo Safari Lodge has been beyond expectations, if you need a proof look below.

African Lion, Manyeleti Game Reserve, South Africa

African Lion, Manyeleti Game Reserve, South Africa

Some of my encounters have been so close I actually shot with the normal (18-55 mm) lens rather than the 75-300. However the above picture has been shot by the 75-300. We were so close to two sleeping lions that we could hear them breathe. This one just lifted its head once or twice and then went back to sleep completely unconcerned about two jeeps full of human beings.

A Sleepy African Lion, Manyeleti Game Reserve South Africa

A Sleepy African Lion at the Manyletei Game Reserve, South Africa

Folks I have no internet in my room and I am typing this from the lobby and my colleagues are waiting for dinner. So have to go. Two more days in South Africa but the safaris have come to an end. You can never go back home the same person after visiting South Africa!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

anjan roy May 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm

This proves they are as lazy as the Human beings…when they are sleeping they don’t care about anything else…!!!


Niranjan May 17, 2013 at 3:42 pm
Suresh Rao May 17, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Nice yawn. Hope you are having a great time. God bless.


Sonia May 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Was that a yawn or the lion making a face at the camera? It s a beautiful shot, Mridula. cant wait for more.


Suresh Urs May 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

Nice post. You have been missed from the attack. :P


Puru May 17, 2013 at 10:28 am

So you finally met the King of the Jungle. And he doesn’t disappoint us at all :)


Debopam Banerjee May 16, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Wow………… Great shots, especially the first one….. Perfect timing….. Should thank the lion also for giving the post….. This is the beauty of Africa…. Hope to visit some day……………


Vikram yadav May 16, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Hi Mam,

The First pic is really good…..

Good to see you’re travelling now, Changes the note of the entire forum from the time in Feb, when you were sad because you were not travelling!!


Sfurti May 16, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Wow loved the first snap.. feisty!!!!!!


Easwar Arumugam May 16, 2013 at 2:38 pm

the lions ma be yawning & sleeping, but still they scare the onlookers. nice, tell-tale pictures.


Meena Menon May 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Errrr I missed ur bday dint I! Haaapiee bday to u n u couldnt hv asked for a beta bday gift than this rt :)


Nandini Deka May 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Wow!!! thats all i can say…


Lady Fi May 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Enjoy the rest of your time! I’ve been to South Africa twice but still haven’t been on safari. But one day – yes!

Great shots indeed.


My Say May 16, 2013 at 1:22 am

Mesmerizing , graceful, kingly and awesome ….words shall fall less dear Mridula … absolute Super click of the King of all Jungles


jahidakhtar May 16, 2013 at 12:53 am

wow! daring click :)


Arnab Maity May 16, 2013 at 12:32 am

You are lucky! Its not always you get to spot them such close. Enjoy your remaining days in SA.


Meghana May 16, 2013 at 12:24 am

omg, those are terrific shots, enjoy your stay…..:)


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