Every now and then, something happens in life that just takes your breath away.
Seeing lions in Uganda was exactly that.
We had just driven out the fishing village, and we slowed by another safari vehicle and our drivers chatted to get the lowdown on where the cool animals were.
We then went on our merry way.
Soon we pulled up behind another van. And looked out our windows and saw this:
So we did.
Then we saw it.
The swish of a tail.
We caught out breath and stared endlessly at that patch of tall grass. Waiting. And waiting.
At one point during our staring match with the lazy unseen lions, another car pulled up behind us. A family piled out, and Joseph, our guide, quietly called over to them, “Get your kids back in the car! There are lions close by!” The mom looked around nervously, with a bit of confusion seeing as there were no animals anywhere in sight. But she did herd her children back to safety.
We snickered at the over-dramatization of the situation.
Then went on with the staring.
But the wait was worth it. We went on with the staring and we soon saw a female lioness rise out of the dry field.
It was a moment that truly took my breath away.
And then it got better. The male lion, who we had no idea was even there, began to stand up.
The zoo didn’t really ever convey to me just how amazing lions are.
I suppose I should have paid better attention to The Lion King (who are we kidding, I used to sing along to the soundtrack in my room with a small microphone and pretend I was starring in the show)
The lions were only up out of the grass for a few minutes, but it was an incredible few minutes. They really did take my breath away. Even typing about them now puts a smile on my face and my heart go pitter patter.
Love, love, love.