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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 Almost the Holy Grail… But Not Quite

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It is wonderful to see so many lions together. It is great that the lion population at Londolozi is growing.

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

James, quite a sighting – even if they didn’t cross the Sand River.

Andrew & Daniel Bolnick
Senior Digital Ranger

James truly a great capture. It’s hard to believe that the pride has swelled to so many. With most of them making their home at Londolozi it portends well for the continuation of successful Lion and leopard life for many years to come. When word of this gets out it will Be even more difficult to find availability of lodging the most incredible Safari Lodge in Africa

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Haha thanks guys. And we are still yet to see the latest litter of 5. Pretty soon we will have a pride of 22 walking around (excluding the Birmingham males)!

Mark Vaughn
Digital Ranger

I look forward to reading yours and your teams blog entries every morning. I am surprised somebody from bbc or nat geo or maybe even Derek/Beverly Joubet haven’t taken on the task of filming the tsalala lioness for a documentary during this time with her litter. It would be an amazing story to watch unfold. We would get to witness her taking down buffalo with her own bare paws. Looking forward to that piece. Thanks for all the amazing stories and for keeping us informed on the happenings at Londolozi

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

You’re welcome Mark!
We’re trying to capture as much footage of the Tsalala lioness as we can so that hopefully we can put out our own story someday…

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

What a thrill to sit and watch this many lions in one place! Absolutely incredible!

Jeff Rodgers
Senior Digital Ranger

Though I don’t believe that we know each other, you have no doubt been on a million game drives. I can feel your excitement in what you write . . . that is the hallmark of a great Ranger and is what, in part, makes Londolozi the special place that it is.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Jeff,
Thanks for the kind words.
Best regards

Bob & Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Wow! Great shots & story. Aren’t there crocs around the causeway? What about in the reeds? I assume that is always a concern for them around the river.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Bob and Lucie,

Yes there are crocs around, but with the river so shallow at the moment they are sticking to the deeper pools, and there is very little danger for lions that are on the Causeway itself.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

What an amazing sighting. I know how thrilled everyone must’ve felt having experienced a similar moment with the Mhangeni pride of 16 around a small pan a couple of years ago. As they began to move, one by one, lionesses followed by their playful cubs, we sat in awe, barely able to take photos as they were so close, passing next to the Rover.
Fabulous photojournalism James. Looking forward to hearing more about Tsalala’s takedown of the Buffalo bull.

Judith Slocum
Digital Ranger

17 lions in one photo……incredible!

Aaditya Shah
Explorer

Still a very good sighting!

Were they looking to cross into the north or the south?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Aaditya,

They were going from south to north…

Aaditya Shah
Explorer

Hi James, thanks for the response. The pride is looking super solid. Hope they hang around Londoz for another three weeks – in time for our visit!

Vin Beni
Digital Tracker

Remarkable opportunity! Can never get enough of the lions drinking in unison!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

What a sight! 17 lions! Goose-bumps!

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

What a great blog James. You and the uests sure hit paydirt. To see that many lions in one spot and, to boot, see them crossing the river, had to have been an awesome experience for you all. Thank you for sharing with us.

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

I can imagine the frustration , still any sighting of a pride like this on the move in daytime with the males should be a cracker.

Hello James,
It must have been fantastic! What a sight!
I wish I had been there! Lucky you!
Thank you for sharing!

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

Wow, James, 17 lions! What a sighting. I counted 16 in the photo and I thought THAT was a very large number but I must have missed one small face perhaps. Is that the biggest number of lions having a drink that Londolozi has ever seen? Wendy M

Phil Schultz
Explorer

Curious how the hippos that currently hang around that causeway react when lions are present. Looking forward to hearing about the Tsalala lioness took down a buffalo on her own.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

What a fantastic sighting, James! Do me a favour and get them all lined up for when I arrive on 1st September – next to the airstrip as I come in would be most convenient. On second thoughts, let’s delay that until I’ve picked up my lens from the studio.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Amazing!!!!

Jen Lum
Digital Ranger

Hi James! As I keep up with your Photo journaling at Londolzi on a weekly basis, I have to say that your photos are a ceaseless delight. The beauty of environment, and more so, seeing this huge pride in gathering, amidst the expression on the lions faces, as if they are happy to see you, is priceless. Mind I say, seeing the lions in fit form, brings joyful tears to my eyes, (for more reasons than one) added to a heart warming smile.
You do an amazing job upon bringing Londolozi into our homes from a distance. That in and of itself, is a gift.
I hope to someday be able to come see Londolzi, and Africa, in person, as day by day, there is a definite calling to the heart.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Jen,
Very kind of you to say.
We hope to be able to welcome you here one day!
Warm regards

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