We set out early, heading down to the deep south-east of Londolozi to follow up on the reports of the Nstevu pride with two cubs from the night before.

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We were not far from where they were last seen the previous evening when we happened upon four magnificent kudu bulls. We sat watching them for a few minutes when suddenly two of the bulls started to behave aggressively towards each other, and things soon developed into a proper fight. They were clashing horns and pushing each other back and forth.

Kudu Bulls Fighting Grant Rodewijk

Kudu will sometimes literally lock horns unintentionally when fighting as their spiral shape gets them intertwined with each other. Once locked, they can starve to death, or even break their own necks trying to escape. Of course when their heads are down and they’re only interested in fighting each other, they become incredibly vulnerable to predation, particularly by lions.

This was a battle that fascinated us, and we were confident that if the were lions close by, they would hear the clashes of the two bulls’ horns as they struck each other.

Having this thought I started to video the kudu, and literally moments later a lioness erupted from the bushes. However with a third kudu keeping a close eye on the fight, he was able to spot the lioness rushing towards them, and the antelope took off with the lions narrowly missing a great opportunity.

What an incredible start to an early morning game drive. But what we witnessed next with stay with our guests, tracker Jerry and myself for a very long time.
With the element of surprise gone, the five lionesses abandoned the hunt and lead us to a nearby waterhole where one of them was hiding her young cubs. As the sighting played out, I could not have imagined a more perfect sighting if iI had scripted it myself. It turned out to be one of the most memorable lion sightings of my guiding career.

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The cubs stray close to the side of the waterhole. Luckily this particular one was shallow, so there was almost no danger of crocodiles.

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Lion cubs are equipped with sharp little teeth from a young age.

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Cubs this small are often secluded away from the pride, so it was very special seeing them with the other lionesses and out in the open.

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The distinct colour difference between the two cubs is clearly visible here.

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As with most young predators, lion cubs are very curious, and these two would walk towards the vehicle on multiple occasions until they felt uncomfortable, at which point they would return to the lionesses to continue playing.

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Marinda Drake

Great video Grant. A lucky escape for the Kudu. Stunning pics of the lion cubs.

Dina Petridis

lucky you !!!

Denise Vouri

Sweet!!

Alessandra Cuccato

The cubs are so cute! A male and a female, one cub seems a bit taller than the other one?

Callum Evans

Just perfect!! A hunt and lion cubs all in one sighting!!

Michael & Terri Klauber

Grant, What an amazing sighting! Great video and cute shots of the cubs!! Thanks!

Colleen Oconnor

Wow Grant! What an amazing experience for you and Jerry. The photos of the cubs are beautiful (and of course adorable.)

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