Two Freeman Safari vehicles were fortunate enough to witness an extraordinary event.
On East bank of the Mara River, were two lionesses with a young cub. On the opposite side of the river, were three large male lions with a recent hippo kill. Suddenly the lionesses decided that they would attempt to cross the fast flowing Mara River.
Choosing a point where there were large rocks in the riverbed, this appeared extremely hazardous. The water was gushing and swirling around the rocks. Surely they would not cross here. Slowly the first lioness entered the water closely followed by the second. Would the cub follow suit?
As the lionesses edged forward, with the river churning around them they were struggling to keep the heads above the water. For a tense five minutes it was touch and go whether they would make it. Twice the lead lioness lost her footing and was in danger of being swept away. Scrambling for the safety of one of the boulders, she was pushed onto it by the other one. For three to four minutes, she encouraged her sibling not to give up. And she eventually got onto the boulder despite the fast current. From here they were able to swim to the far bank.
But what happened to the cub? Would she survive on this side of the river alone? Or will her mother come back!