In search of some solitude, I drove 5 hours west to Mikumi National Park to get away. It was a substitute for a weekend fishing trip.
Once there, I drove about 40km through the wilderness to a watering hole I knew should still hold some at this time, late in the dry season. I was not disappointed.
At one point, 3 elephants came at me from downwind, and crossed path with 6 lions lounging under a shady acacia tree. A young male worked up enough courage and charged them, ears flaring and trumpet blaring. He chased them for a good 300 meters, and joined his family with a definite strut.
I slept in the truck that night and stared at the stars through my moonroof as the roar of a lion, announcing a kill or his presence, reverberated across the landscape and into my open windows.
It's a surreal experience to be sitting in your car, alone in the wilderness, surrounded by animals you only really think you'll see on something narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Here is some footage of what I shot that weekend. Enjoy.