I was leading a birding tour with some American birders in September and we were staying at Satara Rest Camp. For our full day’s morning program we made our way down to Sweni Waterhole, the Sweni Road being one of my favourite routes in the area. It was very dry and I suspected that the waterhole would draw in a lot of game. Approaching the water we ran into a large herd of Buffalo, all grazing peacefully. We were spotting Yellow-billed Oxpeckers on the bovids when I noticed a number of cars parked at the waterhole. ‘Hey guys’, I said, ‘looks like there’s something a bit more interesting at the waterhole’. So we made our way over and immediately spotted the bright crimson of the open carcass, with a big furry head next to it. Lions on a kill! And there were plenty of Buffalo in the immediate area too, some of which were showing interest in the Lions. I tried to park at the waterhole, but with the other cars and the bushes there was no way to get a view there, so I had to pull back a bit for a broader view of the scene. But the clients were happy and we sat back to watch the action. We could see that the Buffalo were on the offensive, a group of ‘Dagga Boys’ pushing as a group towards the carcass with heads swinging and much snorting. The Lion at the carcass at the time was also growling loudly, hissing and spitting at the Buffalo, determined to finish eating their fallen comrade. But still they came, and eventually he decided to give ground, running straight towards us with a few bulls giving chase. Interestingly, one bull at the carcass hooked horns with it and began tossing it around in anger. My take was that he could still smell the Lions strongly, and anything that smelled of the enemy was a target. At this point a few Black-backed Jackals moved in, one of them seeming to hold off a Buffalo bull on his own, much to the delight of the Americans (though I suspect the Buffalo wasn’t actually too concerned about a weeny Jackal). All the while there was plenty of game looking on, waiting for things to quieten down so they could come and drink. Eventually the Buffalo began to move off, and Lions appeared from all over to finish their spoils – five males in total, quite a potent force indeed (to put it mildly). All in all it was a fantastic sighting, one of my best ever in fact.