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.

The Southern Pride male looking at the herd of buffalo in the distance.  Minutes later they would begin their hunt. - Talley Smith

The Southern Pride male looking at the herd of buffalo in the distance. Minutes later they would begin their hunt. - Talley Smith

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.

After a successful hunt, the Southern Pride feasted on the carcass for days on end. - Talley Smith

After a successful hunt, the Southern Pride feasted on the carcass for days on end. - Talley Smith

Written & Filmed by: Paul Bradley (Londolozi Guest)
Photographed by: Talley Smith

Filed under Guests Wildlife

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Rich Laburn

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Rich is the driving force behind Londolozi’s online storytelling and the Londolozi blog. His passions of digital media, film and photography, combined with his field-guiding background, have seen him take the Londolozi blog to new heights since he began it in 2009. Rich ...

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4 Comments

on Male Lions Bring Down Buffalo
    Penny Parker says:

    Unbelievable footage. I LOVE hearing the excitement in the guests voices, must make the guides very proud. This is a truly amazing and once in a lifetime experience for most, thanks for sharing. It is fascinating to watch, and yet the struggle of that buffalo is applaud-able.

    Patsy Weingart says:

    Wow. I’m always curious about how you handle the squemish guest that doesn’t want to watch when you’ve got a jeep full of other guests?

    Francis says:

    Wow. This boys are big

    GreenManalichi says:

    Can I assume that one of these boys is none other than SOLO?

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