During today's boat safari we encountered a lion right next to the Wami river shore, about 300 mts. downstream from Wami Suite. We had two boats in the river with one coming from Saadani Safari Lodge, to support the incentive for a group of top managers from an international tobacco company.
It was the first time we have ever encountered a lion on Wami river since 2001 when we first organized boat safaris on the river! The lion went into a shady mangrove area, around 300 mts downstream from the presidential Wami Suite. It was a male, teenager lion that was alone at the moment, probably looking for prey next to the river. It stared at us for 2-3 minutes and then went to hide in the jungle.
Our guests were delighted! Us as well, because so far we had seen lion footprints around the lodge but only one night, our Maasai guards met a couple of lions in the evening, right on the lodge gate. We would like to thank our guest Mr. Bothma for the unique image he offered to the lodge..