Two nights ago I witnessed where the alliances stand. A sporadic encounter between the two Tsalala lionesses and the Sparta pride was about to unfold when the Majingilane coalition put a sudden end to it with a massive display of vocals support…
On the spur of the moment I took my guests out to look at night skies. Somewhere between the Southern Cross and Orion’s Belt we heard the sound of bones cracking and flesh tearing. Closer inspection led us to a lioness feverishly devouring a wildebeest calf. The lioness was the Tsalala Female; believed to have dropped cubs deep inside Marthly, over the last few days. Engulfed in blackness, the air became alive with sounds as all hell suddenly broke loose. Spinning the vehicle, we turned to see another lioness bolting down the airstrip toward followed by 5 members of the Sparta Pride. She was heading straight towards the other Tsalala female with our vehicle positioned in the centre of the drama…
This was a battle between the Sparta and Tsalala Lions as both prides were laying claim to the excellent hunting grounds of the Londolozi airstrip. In a blur of tawny muscle and aggressive growls, the lions ran at full speed down the airstrip leaving the hyenas to fight over the remains of what was a second kill.
Towards the northern end of the airstrip, the Sparta pride started gaining ground on the Tsalala two…They were going to catch them. Five vs. two! A hundred meter start, whittled down to 20 meters and still closing. We were perfectly positioned for the climactic moment when the night sky erupted with the roaring of male lions! To the north the Maginjilane Coalition must have heard the commotion, the prides politics and the hyena commentary. It sounded like all 4 males booming the message out that they were on the way. They were coming to help the Tsalala Females out of this mess.
You could literally see the dust fly as the Sparta pride slammed on the brakes. They had heard the roars clearly…and they knew the cavalry was on its way! In one slick motion they spun on their heels and sprinted in the opposite direction; running south beyond the realms of the Maginjilane Coalition.
Yesterday, as the dusk settled in, the powerful roars began once again, this time as two members of the Majingilane Coalition mated with the two Tsalala Lionesses.
Along with all the mayhem and commotion that the Maginjilane Coalition create, the one thing that they do bring is protection to those who lay down their arms to them.
Written by: Adam Bannister