Steven’s soft voice pulled me out of my deep sleep. “Babe, I am so sorry but I had to wake you up for this!” He carried on whispering. The excitement in his voice was barely containable.
I sat up, not knowing what was up or down at that stage, barely awake. It was the middle of the night. My eyes struggled to focus on what Steven was pointing out. “Look at the gate!” He said as he pulled the blue curtains at our bedroom window open. My first thought was that the elephants had finally karate chopped our gate off. But upon closer inspection, the gates were still up and the motion sensor light was on.
“Look there, my angel!” Steven pointed outside again. And there, beautifully illuminated by our gate light, were two lions, right outside our gate!
I was fully awake immediately. Steven ushered me into the living room for a closer look. There was a young male and a smaller lioness. They were looking right at us! Because of the light that was on inside, they could probably see us moving around. I quickly switched it off. “How awesome is this, my love!! Steven said to me; beaming. I can’t believe the lions are right here!!” We have seen lions close to the house before ( read This is why I love living in Kruger National Park and A Lioness at the House), but never have we had them chilling right in front of our house!
Steven said that he was sitting outside looking at the stars when he heard something and when our motion-sensor gate light went on, the lions were right there. The male lions had sniffed our gate. He could probably smell where the warthogs have been pushing our gate open. Maybe I should ask him to have a heart to heart with our naughty varkies;-)
“Come, let’s go look at them outside!”
Steven said and he grabbed the spotlight and walked out our kitchen door. We crept outside, keeping close to the wall not to spook the lions. But unfortunately, our movement startled them and they got up and walked in the direction of our living quarters. Steven kept the spotlight on them as we walked closer to our fence. There were two more young lions we could see. Four in total!
Steven softly called to them. Like a lioness does when she calls out to her cubs. That made two of the lions turn around and look back at us. They were more curious than anything else, looking at us just as much as we were looking at them. Maybe they have walked past our house lots of times and were just as surprised to see humans this time around as we were to see lions!
The lions eventually disappeared back into the night. And I have to be honest, it took me a long time to fall back asleep again. But I told Steven he can wake me up for lions at our gate any time!!