Beautiful reminder of what once was….
Sometimes in the process of harvesting content from the guiding team, things get accidentally filed away and forgotten.
I’m a firm believer in never passing up the opportunity to display great photos or sightings simply because the subject is no longer current, so when I happened upon some of Ranger Grant Rodewijk’s photos of the Tsalala female when we she still had three cubs, I knew we had to publish them!
Grant and Head Tracker Jerry Hambana had found the lioness down in the Manyelethi river one morning, annd after a few minutes of viewing her, the lioness took her young cubs up onto some boulders on the riverbank.
The lions were playing around on a nice open section of ground when they started moving towards a prominent . boulder set that was quite close to the road.
Grant thought he might be able to get a great view of the lion family as they crossed the boulders, but he didn’t expect them to come and stand barely two metres away from him!
Hopefully we will enjoy sightings like this of the lioness and her remaining cub over the next few months, but at almost 8 months old, the cub is tarting to come into its own. At the moment the lioness is still heavily dependent on the Sand River and the prolific amount of herbivore species it is attracting, but what will her movements be once the rains come?