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Nick Sims

Alumni Field Guide

Nick was a ranger at Londolozi from 2018 - 2022. He always had a love for nature. Growing up in Johannesburg, the annual family trip to the bush (particularly the Kruger Lowveld region of South Africa) became an escape from city life. When ...

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on The River and the Styx Pride

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Vin Beni
Master Tracker

Always a surprise awaiting around the corner!
Great sighting and fantastic photography!

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Great photos Nick. Cover shot is fabulous. Thanks

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

What a great sighting! And a fantastic opportunity for photographs! You did well! Love the leaps.

Lucie Easley
Senior Digital Ranger

Love the photo of the lion hissing. Didn’t know they did that.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Didn’t know that lions spit at water “just in case” there is something nasty with teeth under the water. One has to be awfully careful these days, doesn’t one? Wendy M

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Nick, loved the photos of the lions trying to jump over the water 🤗

Gawie Jordaan
Master Tracker

Love the photo’s of the growling ‘water’ lioness & the leap!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

What a catch for you, after the Ingrid Dam sighting- that was an A+ drive and I’m sure it kept your guests talking about the experience for days to come!👏📷

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Master Tracker

Part of your success was being lucky to see them jump but the larger share of your success was your decision to check on them one last time before returning to the lodge and then positioning the vehicle in the perfect spot for the shot! Congratulations on a GREAT sighting!!!

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

What an exciting morning. Great to see lions leaping a stream or small river! Mostly we have found them asleep or walking on the road next to the car! Wish I had been there! Victoria

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

I think I would have been very happy with that. Lions 🦁 when on the move are very photogenic, but too many times I have sat looking at a lion that won’t be moving for hours.

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wow! Amazing shot of the lioness jumping over the river.

Crystal D

Hi Nick – We we’re lucky to see the lioness contact calling for the pride one morning with Greg and Equalizer. Do you know if the lone female ever found the pride again?

Nick Sims
Alumni Field Guide

Hi Crystal, apologies for the delayed response. We have not seen the Styx pride for a while but it seems as though that lone female must have found the pride or moved off since we haven’t found her since then either.

Michael Fleetwood
Master Tracker

Hi Nick, this post is a couple days old, but was wondering, of the six Styx members, and the members in the photos, it looks to me like only one of the two adult lionesses is with them and the rest are the sub-adults? Am hoping you could confirm or deny this? Thank you for any help!

Nick Sims
Alumni Field Guide

Hi Michael, sorry about the delayed reply. From what I recall, there were two or three adult females and one sub-adult male without a mane with the rest being sub-adult females – hope this helps.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Master Tracker

Great sighting Nick! You definitely got the “money shot”! Thanks for sharing all of them!

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