Talley, our tracker, had promised something special that morning. Something “rare.” So the five of us great hunters and Talley and Freddie, our tracker, enthusiastically jumped into the invisible green Land Rover and set out at a quickened pace to find our quarry. With Talley driving and Freddie tracking we rushed from one end of the property to the other finally coming across the four Southern Pride lion brothers. They clearly were on the hunt. Mesmerized, we followed them for about an hour. At times they were no more than 20 feet or so away. To them it was as if we were not even there.
Eventually we saw what they were looking for – a herd of Cape Buffalo. But, there were too many. That’s when the four lions really went to work. Three went one way and one split off. In a flash they had isolated a full grown male buffalo and were on his back. In a truly gruesome display of brute force they took him down. Over the next half an hour they agonizingly struggled to kill their prey. We sat still barely breathing, taking in the amazing “circle of life.” Talley had been very right – it was a most special and rare opportunity that none of us will ever forget.
Written & Filmed by: Paul Bradley (Londolozi Guest)
Photographed by: Talley Smith