Just when you think you’ve witnessed all of the indescribable or unbelievable traits within the animal kingdom, our guide James Tyrrell and tracker Exon, pulled the ace out of their sleeves and gave us the experience of witnessing very few can say they have seen – two male lions fighting!
James mentioned at the outset of this particular morning that they had heard the roar of the Majingilane Male Lions in the early morning hours and that we were going to go see if we could locate them. And locate them we did!
Upon entering a clearing in the bush, there lie 5 lions, two males and three females resting next to their respective mates along with one lone male. After watching them for no more than 10 minutes one of the males lying peacefully alongside his lioness decides to get up and charge the other male who was alongside his “girlfriend.” The two males ensued into what was a very serious brawl complete with the deep growl, claws extended and blood drawn. The whole ordeal lasted about 30-45 seconds and James had told us that at least two of the five males were brothers.
If you look closely at the pictures, you’ll notice just how intense this fight was. You’ll see one male excreting his scent and the other lion with blood on his right tooth. This was not a playful act by any means and what was most interesting was that at the end of the fight, they went back to the respective “girlfriends” and went on as if nothing ever happened. Nature, you gotta love it!
The two males in this fight are the Black Maned Male and the Golden Maned Male. If you recall watching ‘Majingilane – The Story of Lion Warfare’ you will realize that this is another example of the hierarchy of dominance amongst these 4 males, wherein the Golden Maned Male tends to be the more subservient lion. Although the Golden Maned Male does put up a small fight against the Black Maned Male, at no stage does he look to be the more dominant lion in this brawl. At the end of the conflict, you can see the Black Maned running after the female whilst the Golden Maned Male flees to safety. – rich
My wife Arti and our wonderful friends Jerome Dever and Roberto Loria selected Londolozi as our safari destination for what was described as the crème de-le-crème especially if you desire “that trip of a lifetime.” It was that and more and I can assure you, we will be back. THANK YOU Londolozi and ALL the staff at Varty Camp.
Written & Photographed by: John & Arti O’ Brien (Londolozi Guests)
Filmed by: Jerome Dever & Roberto Loria (Londolozi Guests)