The four Majingilane Males have been present at Londolozi for just over two years now. At first their approach, to pride domination, seemed to me to be chaotic and unplanned…I now feel that they have taken a turn in the last month or two. I now see in them a new explosion of confidence and assurance. They seem to be firmly in control of the current lion dynamics that are unfolding.
I previously regarded them as quite a ‘loose’ coalition but now I can see that the bonds are strengthening. One of the major reasons I say this is the amount of time they are now spending together as a complete unite. Previously, they had spent a lot of time alone or in pairs; with only one sighting in a blue moon of the force completely united. Now, however, we see them will some regularity as a group of four. Could this be a sign that all is good in the pride-lands or could this in fact symbol the opposite? Could there be some force working its way through the area that is threatening their dominance. By force I mean another coalition. We look north towards the Matimba Males, south towards the Kruger Males and west towards the Selati (southern) Males.
Never a dull moment with the Lions of Londolozi
A meeting of the band of brothers… the four males from the notorious Majingilane Coalition unite. Sightings of the four males together are rare. They occupy such a large area and are in control of five prides. One tactic they employ is to spread out to cover as much land as possible. Although not a great shot ‘photographically speaking’ it speaks volumes about their behaviour
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It is my opinion that these males are the most beautiful cats in the world. With this beauty comes complex stories of pride, love, deceit, anger, tension, control, peace and every other conceivable emotion – they wear these emotions on their faces in the forms of cuts and bruises
Two of the four males take a rest in the cool sand of the Manyeleti Riverbed
With each day the manes of these magnificent males get longer and thicker. Their bond too, between the coalition members, appears to be getting stronger
Stride for stride: these males have become the controlling force over much of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Having dethroned the previous regime known as the Mapogo, they have the makings of true legends of the lion world
The Golden Mane Majingilane is the male who we most often encounter alone. Could it be that he is slightly younger than the others?
Written and photographed by Adam Bannister