In 2010 the Majingilane coalition came roaring in to Londolozi and dethroned the Mapogo. Because of this shift in power, four young lionesses belonging to the Tsalala pride followed their fathers and fled into the western reaches of the Sabi Sands.
Two years later, these same lionesses, renamed the Tsalala Breakaway Pride and now old enough to be potential mates for the Majingilane, returned to Londolozi and in their first oestrus cycles, mated with the same males who drove them away all those months ago.

Although believed to have given birth to previous litters, any evidence of cubs has been brief and fleeting, and we believe these litters were all lost.



Recently, however, one of the females was found on Londolozi territory on an impala kill, and on closer inspection, two small and nervous cubs were seen to be accompanying her, poking their heads up timidly from behind a patch of long grass.

The irony is not lost on us that these cubs, fathered by the Majingilane, are nevertheless descendants of the Mapogo, and if they survive will continue the bloodline that their fathers fought so hard to destroy.

Written by Helen Young
Photographed and filmed by James Tyrrell

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Sue Prince

Very jealous James already, look forward to future posts thanks for sharing.

Adam Bannister

Great news guys. Thanks so much for keeping us up to speed. This is a great addition to the lion story. Mapogo and Majingilane blood united!


Hope the cubs will survive and love the Vid and pictures

Judy Guffey

How I wish they’d stay this small until November :>)


How exciting!! I’ll be there in 6 days and hope to see them. There were no cubs by any of the cats last year when I was there.

Kate Neill

Hi Rae,

We look forward to seeing you again at Londolozi! Look forward to possibly seeing some of your pictures on the blog while you are here…

Kindest regards,

Mary Beth Wheeler

We’re hoping to catch a glimpse during our next 4 days here! What cuties!!

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