Awesome blog Mary Beth. Stunning images. Love the Fourways males.
“King of the Beasts” and no one can doubt that after first seeing a magnificent, mature male lion in the wild! They look so powerful, well-muscled and often scarred from years of battles over dominance and risky hunts. Pride lionesses are pretty special as well, with their beautiful golden coats and – my favourite – their white eyeliner! And little lion cubs…what can be more adorable, all full of brown-eyed energy and playful romping. It goes without saying that lions are on everyone’s ‘must see’ list when they go on safari.
When Bob and I visited Londolozi last month we saw – and heard – lions roaring in the morning, watched lions crossing the Sand River at night, saw lions mating, watched a pride dining on a young hippo and even saw two brothers of the famous Majingilane coalition as they came onto Londolozi, patrolling against intruders. Here are some of the lions we were privileged to see…
The young hippo likely had an injured leg, according to tracker Mike Sithole, and the Tsalala pride claimed him earlier that morning. They were in a hollow, feasting on their prize, when we drove up. Most of the images are too graphic to show here, but the faces of the pride members give you an idea of how intense the feeding frenzy was.
Several days later, we encountered one of the Fourways males on the road ahead of us, early in the morning, where he was calling for his partner. At that point, no one knew for certain where the other male had gone.
He never found his partner that day, but we later found them both – his buddy had found a willing lady and was mating with her. He’d never been ‘lost’ after all!
Did the Majingilane’s find the Fourways and chase them off or, more likely, are there stories yet to come? The lion ‘politics’ of Londolozi is always interesting!
Written, Photographed and Filmed by Mary Beth Wheeler, Londolozi Guest
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