Lion vs. Giant Forest Hog. And the winner is...

Trip Start Jul 23, 2010
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Trip End Apr 17, 2011


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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Today is another travel day, as we transfer from the Kibale National Park to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, also on the western border of Uganda. The drive took us through Hima, which is known for its cement production, and Kasese, which is in an area known for its copper production.  The roads between the two parks were excellent, so it was a pleasant drive.  There is a lot of tea produced in the area of Kibale National Park, and we saw large maize and cotton farm as we approached QE NP.  Of course, we had to get our photo at the Equator… one on the north side, one on the south, and one straddling it!

The same firm that owns the Nile River Safari Lodge where we stayed at Murchison Falls owns our lodge, the Jacana Lodge.  It's quite a long, unpaved drive from the highway to the lodge, but it was worth it, as we came upon a couple black and white Colobus monkeys, one with her baby on a branch overhanging the road.  We were within 15 feet of her, and she patiently kept eating while I kept anxiously taking photos.  Our guide was quite impressed with her behavior, since they are normally more cautious than that when people are around.

A superb lunch of tuna salad Nicoise, followed by lamb chops got us a bit sleepy, but we shortly thereafter left for an evening game drive in the Queen Elizabeth National Park.  

The game drive was in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, and while our lodge was in the park, the drive to the game drive was about 40 minutes.

We were not seeing much of anything except Uganda Kob and warthogs, when Nasser called one of his colleagues to check on what he may have seen.  Within minutes, we were making a beeline toward the spot where lions had been spotted.  It turns out it was where we had come from only 15 minutes earlier. 

We saw a pair of male lions resting in the savannah; they blended into the grasses, so it was no wonder we missed them the first time through.  As we were snapping photos, the lions spotted a Giant Forest Hog in the distance, and took off.  We followed (by vehicle, of course) and were able to watch not only the pursuit, but the kill.  The older of the two males did the kill; Nasser explained that the other male was "on guard", in case the Hog got away.  Some animals, like the warthog, require two lions to take it down.  We noticed many scars on the side of the lions, and these were likely from prior encounters with warthogs, per our guide.

The kill took maybe 15 minutes, as the older lion kept hold of the neck where it pierced the skin with its teeth.  There was a point when the older lion dragged the entire hog a small distance, I’m not really sure why, and then they both rested.  This hog will likely feed both lions for two days, unless the hyenas come in and steal it away, which is very possible.  Lions don’t hunt or kill hyenas because the hyenas are not tasty to the lions, which is part of the defense mechanism of the hyenas.

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Steve Jaberg on

Feels like we are there with you and Jim! Just simply . . . amazing!

Stay well, stay in touch! Cedar Community is with you!

Cheri Ayers on

Jayne I just love reading your adventures. It is like I am watching a tv in frames at times. The great things that you two get to experience and also witness are incredible. Be safe the two of you. Thank you again for sharing your lifes adventure with us all.

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