“Gentlemen, another thing,” I said solemnly. “Before breakfast I was on the radio with the Game Department. There has been a lion attack, night before last, just south of here, near Uregi. That’s not very far. It seems a pride of three rouge lions, one large male, and two female, entered a Masai village and dragged one sleeping man out of his hut and into the bush. The family of the man, and the people of the village could do nothing but watch in horror as the lions pulled their victim into the darkness. The Game Warden said the report says the man was not dead as the lions carried him away. He was screaming and fighting, but powerless. The big male lion had the man by his neck. His remains were found yesterday morning. What a horrible death.”
“Oh my God,” Bryce said.
“Jabari kumasaidia ( God help them),” Makali whispered.
“Anything we can do?” Myles asked.
“I wish. We can’t put our guests in that kind of danger, but we better watch and be extra careful,” I added.
“Lion don’t normally roam too far from their home. I’d think we’re far enough away,” Bryce said.
“Yes, hopefully, but these are confirmed man-eaters now. They will be unpredictable. All we can do is be prepared and alert,” I said.
“Charles, as you know, lion attacks are much more frequent in Tanzania than in Kenya. I can’t even remember the last time I heard of a human being mauled by lion in Kenya,” Myles said.
“Well, you are right. You know what, though, we are close to the Tanzania border. The town of Uregi is only about 20 km from the border. These three lions could easily have crossed to the Kenya side,” I said.
“We’re only about an hour drive from Uregi,” Bryce added.
“Yep, I know. A little too close for comfort. Extra careful this morning, boys,” I said, turning away.
“Let’s go get our stuff and meet everyone back here in about 10 minutes,” I said.
“Charles, do you think we should alert our three guests about the lions?’ asked Myles.
“Well, I’ve been trying to decide how to handle that. Bryce, your thoughts?”
“You know guys, I’m thinking it might be better to not worry them about it. We are going to be extremely careful and watchful. Our three guests might not sleep and be scared to even be outside. What do you think, Charles?”
“I agree, let’s just keep it quiet. I do want us to take turns keeping watch at night. If they ask, we can say it is mostly due to the hyena attack. I’ll take the first watch tonight. Bryce, will you spell me at about 2:00am?” I asked.
“You bet Bwana K. See ya’ in 10:00,” Bryce answered as he turned to head to his tent.
“Bright eyes,” I said.
“Yes, Bwana K,” answered Makali.
“You carry gun today, ok?”
“Yes, Bwana. You carry cigarettes.”
“Yes, wind in our face,” I said.