Ian Friend 10th of July 2010

It had been a quiet day at Mwamba bush camp all in all, but that was to change!

At about midnight a lone hyena had decided to chance his luck and see if any scraps had been left out. In front of the staff compound is an outside tap and an unwashed nsima pot lay for the taking, however unbeknownst to the feeding hyena a lion was fast approaching eyeing an opportunity to get one back against the old foe.  With several heavy blows the lion struck the hyena, which then let out a number of ear piercing shrieks, alerting our chef Medi and scout Gideon who decided to investigate!

They crept out of the compound torches in hand to find a bloodied and mortally wounded hyena lying on its back thrashing around in throes of pain, and then Medi caught in the corner of his eye the huge Mwamba pride male beating a hasty retreat, much to his relief!

Needless to say they eventually decided to head back into the relative safety of the compound as the hyena had by now begun its lonely journey into the surrounding bush, limping heavily as it left.

The next morning showed the full extent of the attack with several patches of blood soiling the surrounding ground and with guests on the way it was all hands to the pumps to clear the scene!

Cheers Ian

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4 Comments

  1. Stevelewin August 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Hi Ian. Thanks for doing a superlative job of guiding that made our visit to Kaingo memorable.
    Steve Lewin

  2. Vikki August 25, 2010 at 3:55 am - Reply

    Hi Jules, yep home in one piece, tho its absolutely freezing here (5 degrees this morning!) so I know where I’d much rather be. Will be sending a copy of the finished DVD to you guys so you’ll get to meet Dirk, Darren is having a ball with him! – will take a while tho there is a LOT of video to sort through. The story I was thinking of was when Ian got the flat – would make for fun reading!
    A big Hi to everyone and thanks again for The Most Fabulous Tme with you all. Looking forward to the next newsletter.
    Cheers
    Vikki

  3. Vikki August 24, 2010 at 3:36 am - Reply

    Hey Ian, what an exciting night! You had better watch your back though – it appears those Mwamba lions are stalking you! I would have thought your other recent “experience” with the Mwamba pride would make a good blog entry – come on dont be shy!

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      User August 24, 2010 at 11:47 am - Reply

      Hi there Vikki,
      Lovely to hear from you, I hope you guys returned home safely. Ian was filling me in on some of Dirk deKlerk’s experiences with the horny thorn bush, hilarious.
      Ian doesn’t have computer rights – we keep him isolated at Mwamba mostly 🙂 Just kidding I’ll ask him to come and say hi to you when he’s next in camp and in the meantime I shall chase him for your story!
      Cheerio
      Jules

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