The Majete Wildlife Reserve is located in the south of Malawi and is an example of a big success story in African Conservation. After decades of paching, the reserve has turned back into a sustainable development and is the only official Big Five Game Park in Malawi.
The "Lion Spider"
In order to get a shot of the big spider below, we carefully checked the area and got off the car. There are certainly better pictures available of spiders as I had to take several shots to get the foreground perfectly focused. During this desperate attempt, I had to take several images while the camera clicking disturbed something which is not visible in the blur of the image.
It was rather surprising when the camera suddenly focused on the background and I really had to double check with bare eyes: A lion lifted his head in 5 meter distance, just behind the spider net in the tall grass, presumably disturbed in this well deserved nap by the numerous clicks. The lion was looking at me and I was looking at him. Since I realized the lion certainly had a plan, I was pretty sure the odds were against me to survive this encounter unless I make a better plan than the lion's one, preferably in a very short time.
Good to remember Peter Allison's advice: Don't run, whatever you do! So, what to do then?
Step 1: Stop taking pictures.
Step 2: Slowly move back to the car.
The plan was good indeed, just with some side effects. The lion was very grumpy and got even more angry when I successfully climbed the vehicle. Possibly, he realized HIS plan of having breakfast has just vanished. He showed his annoyance with two mock charges in a rather impressive way! We opted to set off with the car to give the lion his space back and fortunately the situation relaxed. This also gave us the opportunity to finally take some pictures which I skipped in Step #1.