Published: June 25th 2007June 25th 2007
Lion by night
She's sussing out her prey
We moved onto Antelope Park which is high on the plateau and very cold at night and fairly cold during the day! This place was set up in the 70's as a lion breeding program to re-introduce lions back into the wild as their numbers slowly dwindle. Set on 33000 acres complete with a lake and all forms of wildlife it is truely a great spot to camp for a week in the summer. They also raise elephants here along with a number of other projects. The main higlight here for us was to go out on their night time lion stalk. This is where the lions are taken out to hunt naturally and armed with spotlights we got to see the 3 lions in action and successfully catch an impala for dinner. The whole excursion took about 3 hours and this was stage 2 in the re-habilitation process -learning how to successfully hunt a wild animal.
We also viewed their breeding progam, currently 66 lions in captivity, played with 3 month old cubs, and walked out in the open with 13 month old "cubs". As the water was too cold for the elephant's to swim in ( we
The old boy of the park
tried Browno & Penny!), we settled for a 1 1/2 hr elephant ride safari, where we got to go up close to our 1st herd of Zebra seen in Africa. The animals only sense elephants and not humans so we got very close.
There are more photos below