It was spectacular to watch. Deep into the night the sounds of bellowing, stampeding buffalo could be heard in the southern grasslands of Londolozi. 5 hours of sitting with a hunting pride of lions was about to pay off!
The Buffalo cow was exceptionally brave as she managed to chase the young Southern Pride Coalition of 5 males off her struggling calf; but it was the single lioness, made nearly invisible by the moonless night, which ran in from the flank and picked the calf up in her jaws. Within seconds she had run away from the protective buffalo herd.
Once the kill had been made the marauding males heard her start to eat and charged in for a piece of the action.
Here you see a guest’s filming of the events which unfolded…you can clearly see the confusion a lion hunt can bring! Last year we saw this same pride taking on buffalo. Have you ever been lucky enough to witness a lion kill? If so how did the pride dynamics play out? If not, would you want to witness one? Let us know in the comments section below…
Written by: Adam Bannister
Filmed by: Michael Pearl (Londolozi Guest)