It was early in the evening when the lions were found on the move by the open grasslands of the Sparta/Castleton break. Tails flicking and eyes set straight forward, it was evident that they were on the hunt. As the late August night sky set in, the Southern Pride moved towards a herd of buffalo. Sensing an opportunity the pride moved quickly and isolated a buffalo calf from the rest of herd. With stealth, strength and masterful agility a single lioness brought the calf down and ended its life.
The pride were, however, not done and spent the next 30 seconds bringing down not four but five different buffalos. Each lioness brought down a buffalo apiece. This is an astonishing occurrence in the African bush given the size and aggressive temperament of buffalo herds.
The blackened night had completely set in as they started to feed, first the dominant male and then the lionesses.