The bush returned to normal and we left the lioness as she searched for the rest of her pride.
The region in the north has two main rivers; the Ruaha and the Mwagusi, our guide, Joel, took us to the confluence for a bush breakfast. The goal was to find a large herd of buffalo coming to drink. The experience and knowledge of our guide put us in the perfect place as a herd was fast approaching the river. We were sat on the opposite bank as they approached. Halfway through the first bite of breakfast, a pride of 7 lions started stalking the herd – breakfast forgotten – we witnessed the mayhem of these enemies of old. Through the haze of dust, it was impossible to tell which side was going to emerge victorious. The lions skulked around the edges with the buffalo charigng at any lion that dared show its face. Slowly, over time, the herd, through persistently harassing the lions, forced them to retire into the shade of the riverbank and await a different meal.
At that moment, a pair of African Skimmers with their slow wing beats glided along the waters surface, drawing a hypothetical line under an incredible breakfast experience.
Ruaha offers accommodation options ranging in various levels of luxury from purely bush focused, like Old Mondoro or Kigelia, to the camps which offer more luxury, like Ikuka, Jongomero, or the very exciting new camp, Jubali Ridge, which will be completed later this year.
One thing that all of the camps have in common is the ability to allow you to experience one of Africa’s greatest and unspoilt or least over crowded reserves – I had more sightings of lions than I did of vehicles over the 4 days that we explored the reserve. If you are looking for fantastic game viewing, stunning scenery and avoiding the crowds, then Ruaha is a must add to bucket list destination.