Yesterday we ran the first of a two part series, in which we told how the Mhangeni pride had taken down a buffalo.
Having finished the kill, the pride began heading for a nearby waterhole, just as we had hoped.
Following them down there, we were thrilled to see them begin to approach the water one by one:
We didn’t dare get our hopes up as more and more of the pride approached the water, and the first ones there still weren’t showing signs of drinking their fill. Eventually the stars aligned, as did the pride, and we were treated to the following spectacle:
This photograph captures thirteen members of the pride drinking at once; three other adult females were about five meters over to the left and another five meters or so to the left of them the male drank alone. All seventeen were drinking at once! This photograph was taken by Kevin Power, there were so many lions that my fixed 400mm lens could not fit them all in frame!
The sighting that day had many dimensions to it which made it a complete experience; tracking the lions in the early hours of the morning, the euphoria of finding them on a kill, watching them feeding and then seeing the change of cast as the scavengers moved in. Finally the epic experience of following them as they moved in single file through the bush down to the waterhole, where the above photos pretty much say it all…