back in 89, i remember setting up camp in Botswana one night
there was a BBC documentary crew in the area and they came around just before dusk and warned us of a lot of Hyenas in the area (that's what they were filming)...they told us to be careful and not to worry if we spot 2 or 3 together..but if we saw 5 or 6 in a group hanging around then we should get back in our truck immediatley
we spotted quite a few during dinner but they were in small numbers...they would walk around the outer edges of our campsite
later that night i was sitting by the fire (rest of the group had called it a night) and had quite a few of them walk right thru the campsite...i was sitting about 20 feet from the fire and actually had a number of them walk between me and the fire
kept relaxed and continued to read my book and drink my Tusker lager...it was pretty amazing experience !
on another occasion we were camped in the Serengeti...all of the group jumped into the truck to visit a local watering hole for a few beers and i decided to stay back on this particular night...was sitting out in the middle of nowhere by a roaring fire with nothing but a dull machete and a case of Tusker
could see animals circling the perimeter of the campsite (eyes reflecting from fire-light), could hear lions grunting out in the plains and there was THE most incredible blanket of stars overhead
one of the most memorable moments of my life