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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on Lion Warfare: Majingilane Chase Matimbas, Matimbas Chase Majingilane!

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gensaki
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wow!!! amazing!! tnx for the update :)) 🙂

Matt Evans
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Those Matimba were noticeably (wisely) silent when the 4th member of the Majinge’s was in the Sands a few weeks ago!

James T
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Haha I concur! Majingis have still got it, it seems! We’ll try arrange a similar sighting for your next visit youngster!

Kevin S.
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There really is only one way to explain these happenings, the boys were putting on a show for JV. Thanks for the story.

Wendy Hawkins
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Oh this is so funny, watching these imposing guys run after each other! Hairy belly “looks” big & tough enough to take on the Old Boys, but guess he still has a lot to learn! Thank you for sharing this wonderful bunch of pictures with us guys. Have a lovely evening

Vaseem baig
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Wow!!! James, how much lucky can one be in life. You seem to have developed uncanny knack of being at the right tome and right place. Beautiful blog which is equally exciting to read that I enjoyed the most. Keep going James….

Rosie
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Wow, great to see the Matimbas and Majingilanes again. Really missing the Matimbas on the Wildearth drives, want to swap them back and you take the Birmingham Boys ? 😉 Stay safe Hairybelly and Ginger !

James T
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Deal!

Sherri
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Just got to agree with you on that one Rosie… I really miss my HB, love him to bits & Ginger ☺

Robin B Martin
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Fantastic! What a morning. Wish I was there.

Arden Zalman
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Boys will be boys. Good to see the Majingis up & around doing what they do best.

Ruthanne
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So good to see these guys again. Thank you for sharing this.

Jill Grady
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What a great sighting! I tell you, never a dull moment at Londolozi! It’s so fantastic to see the Majingilane back again. I’m happy that they all settled it peacefully (so far at least) and none of them were injured. Thanks for sharing your great pictures and fantastic video with us!

NOel
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How many are they in each coalition?

Julius
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Nothing like the Mopogo coalition tho, but interesting enough.

EJ
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@noel wat ik read before the majing are 4 lions.
SCARNOSE/Hipscare/blackmaine/golden maine. ( one died by the mighty mopogo)
matimba
are 6 but they live separated hairy belly and ginger the other live north.

Loretta Z
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Unbelievable is the only word that comes to mind. Will be back in a few weeks, hope I am lucky enough to witness something like this…the perfect battle of wills with no blood shed. Lucky, lucky, lucky sighting for all who where there!

Carsten
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Awesome James! Thank you for the update…

Murtaza S.
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Good stuff!!! I always love reading your articles James. Keep us updated on the lion interactions and dynamics.

Both of these coalitions are majestic, yet prudent as well. Respect.

Pamela Baca-Hanes
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What a great summary! I am always happy to see the Matimba around; hopefully the coalitions will keep it a bluff.

Dolores DOyle
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This was the best game drive ever. We were with Garrett and Life that morning. They don’t look like they were going fast, but our truck was doing 30KM to keep up. A truly amazing experience. Thanks Garrett. Thanks Life. and Thank you Londolozi

Murtaza
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James, are there ANY pictures or videos of any one of the Majingilane and the Matimba on the same screen taken? I’m curious to see the size difference, if any, between these two coalitions in general and specific lions (e.g HB, ScarNose, Ginger, etc.).

James Tyrrell
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Hi Murtaza,
We don’t have any that I’m aware of. It would probably be a serious confrontation that that would be a picture of. I’ll look around but I’m pretty sure there’s no such pic at Londolozi. To my mind the Dark-maned Matimba male is the biggest individual between both coalitions, but as you say, it’s hard to judge without having them next to each other.

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