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Rob Jeffery

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Rob joined the Londolozi team at the start of 2017. Having grown up on a farm in the Cape and spending many holidays traveling Southern Africa he developed a love for the outdoors and an appreciation for the natural world. After completing a ...

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on Without A Line in The Water You Won’t Catch Anything

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David Fedonczak
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Fantastic. I can’t wait to come back.

Mishal
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Is this before he went missing he hasnt been seen in SS for sometime

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Mishal I think you may be referring to the Matimba males. These males have not been seen for some time. The Matshipiri males have been on Londolozi fairly regualarly the last few months. Thanks, Amy

ramone
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where is his brother and does he and his brother still have prides to control

Wendy Hawkins
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Well done Rob! You were in the right place for sure!!! Thank you for these stunning images & video 🙂

Gillian Evans
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Brilliant footage !! Must have been so exciting ! You never know what’s going to happen when you head out! A lucky day out!

Kim Sams
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Great photo op!! Any sign of the injured brother?

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Hi Kim. Sadly we just heard reports from our neighbours that he passed away today. Thanks so much, Amy

Kevin
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Hi Rob / Amy,
Is this after his clash with the 3 Maginjilanes? We didnt know it he will make but seeing the scars on his face, he seems ok. Thanks for the blog.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Hi Kevin. We’re not a hundred percent sure but we think the uninjured Matshipiri male got his scarring from a fight with the Avoca males. But you’re right, the scarring on his face is superficial and he should be ok. Thanks so much, Amy

Susan Strauss
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Rob, such a great siting! I am back tomorrow and hope to see you!

Prem Wilson
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Wow! It’s beautiful Fuller Mane Matishapiri.. I really don’t have seen found to him so today glad to saw him.. He also doing well not never hurt by the Majinligane Males 3? But I am not sure, but where is his brother Mohawk Matshapiri now? Please you can any news about Mohawk Matshapiri injured? Stay safe Matishapiri males are both.. Thanks for the update and great video Londolozi..

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Hi Prem. Sadly we have reports from our neighbours that the injured Matshipiri male passed away today. Many thanks, Amy

kathy
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i just love the lions!

kathy
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love love love the lions and leopards…..

Ezequiel A.
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Hi Amy. I think Mishal wants to say that the fuller-manned Matshapiri wasn’t seen from the day after you reported about a possible lion fight involving the Majingilanes. Can you tell us when the above video has been recorded? Thank you.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Hi Ezequiel and Mishal. This video was taken on the 17th of June and prior to the possible incursion with the Majingilane. Although we’re not a hundred percent sure we think that his wounds were from a fight with the Avoca males. Thanks so much

Jenni
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What an amazing thing to witness!! Also love the photo of the giraffe and ox-peckers. Gorgeous.

Jill Larone
Member
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Great video, Rob! I’m assuming this is not the Matshipiri with the broken leg? He is looking a little beaten up but still seems to be in good shape. Hopefully he will be able to carry on for some time to come yet! Is there any news on his injured brother?

Chris
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Does this matshipiri male have any wounds like he had been in a fight with the Majingilane males?

Dan Mathiesen
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We were there in May and after watching this male Lion taking down a ram impala, I can’t wait to get back!

Lea
Member
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A great find and fantastic pics and video. Thanks Rob.

Vikram Ghanekar
Member
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Superb capture, both in words and on camera. Just like lions, tigers are supposed to be active at dawn and dusk. I saw this myth broken on my last visit to Ranthambhore National Park in India. It was April. Temperature in shade was over 40C. I was following this female tiger called Noor who was with 3 cubs. I followed her for 4 consecutive days. She made no less than 4 attempts to hunt deer between 2 and 4 pm when temperature must have been in in mid 40s. Everytime after a failed attempt, she would go find a waterhole and sit down in it to cool off. Another interesting bonus of being full day out in the bush was surprising leopard activity. One particular male would come down from a hill at mid day to drink and then walk on the tracks, marking his territory. Apparently, the explanation was that tigers would be least active at midday, making it safer for a leopard to move about in a tiger’s territory. Fortunately, this male leopard was sharp enough to avoid Noor while on his mid day wanderings. I guess Noor was out hunting due to constant demand from 3 cubs. All other tigers were found sleeping in thickets near waterholes so that they could take a dip whenever they wished!

Lance Hutchins
Member
Guest

Great story and fishing analogy, Rob! Sounds like you’re doing well!

Rich Laburn
Head of Digital

Great story and very cool video. Awesome to see the presence of that male lion. Thanks for sharing.

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

What a great story, Rob! Beautifully written! Can’t wait for the next one…

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Now that’s an incredible piece of luck for both you guys and the Matshipiri male! Male lions usually ignore impala as far as my knowledge goes(too nimble), but they’re always going to be opportunistic!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Great story Rob. Love the fishing part. Lions are oppertunistic.
The Impala ram mght have been in the wrong place the wrong time.

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