The Lion Boys of Lewa
Stumbling out of Safarilink’s tiny plane, and vowing to be an overlander for life, I didn’t expect much on my transport to Cheli & Peacock’s Lewa Safari Camp. An open-air safari vehicle picked me up at the airstrip and we drove through bumpy dirt tracks across beautiful plains of long golden grass. As we approached one of the few trees in the landscape, something equally golden moved. A closer look revealed three golden creatures settled beneath the tree. Three male lions, their manes not fully grown in, teenagers, were lounging in the mid-day sun. I could hardly believe it, safari had barely begun and here I was photographing lions five feet from the vehicle. The beauty of the Lewa Conservancy is that safari vehicles are few and far between. Me and my guide were able to gaze upon these self-centered young males for a long while without radios, tourist chit-chat or the barrage of vehicles that appears in the more trafficked parks. This amazing sighting was just the beginning of my Lewa adventure.
By Marcy Mendelson, Safari Correspondent
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