The three Sparta Pride females meant business. You could see it in their stride. Days of unsuccessful hunts had left them hungry. The night was pitch dark; the moon had yet to show face and the stars were being slowly covered by an approaching bank of clouds. As the lionesses moved in sync through the long grass the wind slowly picked up. Ideal weather for hunting. We followed at a distance moving with them through the eastern portions of Londolozi. For close on two hours they walked in silence. Their target was the short grassed open clearings around the airstrip. That afternoon we had counted 112 Wildebeest in that area. It’s seldom that you see eyes so set and focused; these females were going to make a kill tonight.
They got scent of the large herd of wildebeest and began their approach: skillful, precise and patient.
It was so fast we barely got to see it. By the time we got the car to the scene they had just managed to scramble on top of the female wildebeest. This video shows you what happens from here…
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Written, filmed and photographed by Adam Bannister