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Unlike the hippos, lions are actually lazy. So says the guide/driver who took us about the Serengeti in an open sided Toyota Land Cruiser. Toyota appears to be the vehicle of choice not the ubiquitous Land Rover that dots the NYC streets. There’s a rifle mounted to the rear bumper. A lot of good it will do if the lion is outside the vehicle and you’re inside.

Still we were told that the lions ignore the passengers and perceive them to be a part of the vehicle. This gave me a bit more confidence. You can see that we can get quite close, as the drive did not hesitate to get right up to where this big guy was lounging in the grass.

Later that afternoon we met up with another traveler who told me that a lion had tried to eat the bumper of the vehicle that morning. It made me wonder whether the lions were not too bright or whether I was the fool to have my legs so close to the outside of the open sided cruiser.

8 responses

  1. Craig Hill

    I like this picture. I got some pics of white lions, tigers and rhinos while in China. African animals fascinate me.

    January 19, 2012 at 7:44 am

  2. My favourite animal. So majestic. I used to have a large poster featuring a lion on my wall as a child. Don’t know how I got it but it was a poster advertising tourism in South Africa.

    January 19, 2012 at 11:49 am

  3. Thanks Victor for taking me along your safari with your wonderful photos. 🙂

    January 19, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    • I’m glad you like them. Thank you.

      January 19, 2012 at 11:42 pm

  4. The hippo is actually the animal that kills most people on the continent. Nearly got me once 9 years ago.
    compared to them lions ARE nice

    January 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    • I am glad to hear that the hippo did not get you. The world would miss you.

      January 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      • Thank you, that is so nice of you to say so 🙂
        Perfect love!

        January 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm

  5. great shot

    January 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm

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