Now, I am a bit of a scary-cat...I couldn't watch Taggart when I was younger and even in Kuwait I walked out of the cinema when I realised I was going to sit at the edge of my seat for hours through a thriller...I happily trotted to the screen next door to see The Queen. Whilst holidaying at the coast in Kenya, I woke with a start when a millipede was crawling on my pillow...rather unpleasant. So, instead of tossing and turning and waking my roomie, I went to safer grounds and read the whole night by the light of the fluorescent bulb!
My sleepless antics became the source of amusement to my travelling buddies...and I told them of one of my first nights on safari in Uganda.
You may recall my 'Run for your life' story, from Mhingo Lodge. Well, this story is the night before the run!Now...this is a great story to tell...but maybe hard to read...remember it is my stream of consciousness for most of it...bare with me!
|The view from Mhingo|
Hmmm...heartbeat quickens. It is OK, I am so brave...and I know just to stay still if a four legged feline comes to me, and I try to dodge the hippo and duck from a buffalo....or is it the other way round..oh no!!
Anyhow- back to reality, I am just going to curl in my bed with my book and read for a little bit. Oh, but lions don't have 3D vision,so if I have the light on, will they be able to see me in the tent!!!Oh-forget the reading, time for sleep...I am suddenly SO EXHAUSTED!!!
Sleep...I turn over...low guttural sounds were heard!!! Actually isn't that what the owner said was a lion's low purr...like a frog in the throat cough.
No, of course not!
Sleep...I turn over...I hear it again!!!!!
Oh god-now I am scared. I know, I will stop breathing, then the feline won't see me move!!!
I'll also quietly send a text message to my friends to save my life!!Thank god for modern technology!
No response from my friends...!!
What do I do now?
Text my friends to reiterate that I AM GOING TO DIE! And to say goodbye!!
A few minutes pass...I am still amazingly alive...(I think that the lion is just watching me at this point).
Loud purring...my god, there is more than one of them...and... LAUGHTER!
My two GREAT friends came to 'rescue' me...but were slowed down as they were laughing, along with the guard, so hard. I, now couldn't get out of my bed with fear and they couldn't get in to 'rescue' me...I locked myself in, to keep ALL nightly visitors out!
When all parties had calmed down, and the guard had gone back to tell his friends about the crazy muzungu woman (yes, that would be me!)and my brave friend had checked under my bed and in the bathroom sink -we worked out my bed had a creak in it - thus making 'lion' like sounds every time I turned!
Oh yes, how funny!
I am a very brave and adventurous woman...lets run through the national park tomorrow, I said...and so we did!
I can't wait to go back to Mhingo!!!
|Where was that lion Robyn??|