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Nick Sims

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

Great photos Nick. Cover shot is fabulous. Thanks

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

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

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

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

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

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!👏📷

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!!!

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

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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.

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

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?

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.

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!

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.

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

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