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Guy Brunskill

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Guy grew up in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal. From a young age he visited the bush each holiday. It was during these early years that his passion and interest was ignited for this incredible environment. After school he gained a marketing degree from Stellenbosch ...

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on The Power of 21 Lions Walking Past

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Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Guy, wonderful blog today, the lions where walking by the Land Rover🤗

Having seen this Pride with all the cubs a couple of years ago it is thrilling to see them grown and healthy!

They are all doing very well, certainly putting a lot more pressure on the females when it comes to feeding time.

Blair Sinclair
Explorer

Great stuff but shouldnt it be 22?

Unfortunately one of the cubs didn’t make last year after it sustained an injury and couldn’t stay up with the speed of the pride.

Kara Taylor
Digital Tracker

Love the walk by! It’s always super exciting to have that happen. I find myself holding my breath when they get close. Always in awe of being that close.

Karen Hart
Digital Ranger

Takes me right back to my first safari experience with a pride of lions. I will never forget that amazing moment when I was within 3 feet of a lion in its natural environment and how completely at ease and uninterested they were in our vehicle or the occupants. Truly a life altering experience.

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wow! Just amazing.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

It is a fantastic experience to see all those felines walking so close to the vehicle. Quite amazing. 21 of them, including the two Big Boys! Thank you for sharing these truly astonishing experience with us – even if it is by email. Wendy M

Sam Lovett
Explorer

Very good

I haven’t had that feeling before but I can imagine how good it must be.

Sam Lovett
Explorer

I have just watched the video and it is really cool

Sam Lovett
Explorer

I have just watched the video and it is really cool

Sam Lovett
Explorer

Thank you so much

Very glad you enjoyed it.

Andries Vosloo
Explorer

Cracking video. I do recall my first experience like this. It gave me heart palpitations!

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Talk about a rush of adrenaline! I had one just watching the video. 🤣 I love sitting watching lions in real a lot better though.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Wow! Amazing, even viewing via your video. Even I get chills and I’m 10,000 miles away. I postponed until the beginning of April’21 and whilst the pride most likely will have divided by then, hopefully there will be new cubs! Thanks for keeping us entertained and up to date. I still can’t believe the magnificence of the manes of the Birmingham males.

Look forward to your return Denise. It is highly likely that some of the males could be pushed out into independence by then but the females will stay in the pride.

Lisa Antell
Senior Digital Ranger

So amazing in every way!

Christa Blessing
Senior Digital Ranger

How wonderful, Guy. I had the same experience last year in Londolozi when the same whole pride went past our car. It’s just awe inspiring and not much can be compared to such an experience.
I also remember the first time when a pride of lions came past my car: 15 lions altogether, one after the other walking majestically past the car – lots of years ago. And each time the same feeling of awe and wonder and admiration.

Its a feeling that I don’t think will ever get old. No matter how many times you experience it.

Paul Canales
Senior Digital Ranger

WOW!!! Completely astonishing! What a great experience. Thanks for sharing this Guy!

Trish Monck
Master Tracker

Beautiful sight, looking forward to it!

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

It is such a special moment when a single lion walks right past you – but 21! I’ve seen the Ntsevu pride but they were indulging in their usual pastime of lying down with a bit of light grooming. The 1st time we came to Londolozi though (10 years ago) we were lucky enough to have a pride of 9 (8 females and a Majingilane male bringing up the rear) walk right past us in single file, some of them looking straight at us in the vehicle. Talk about making the hairs on the back of your neck stand up! – it was an experience that will never be forgotten. We’re so looking forward to coming back in February.

Michael Fleetwood
Senior Digital Ranger

What an experience that must be Guy! Such a powerhouse pride!

Michael Fleetwood
Senior Digital Ranger

Guy, also meant to ask in my original comment if you can confirm a sex ratio of the sub-adults for me?

Hello Michael, if I’m not mistaken there are 6 young males.

Vanessa Harding
Explorer

Wow wow wow!

Francesca Doria
Senior Digital Ranger

WonderfuI king and queens. how old are the males? Do you think they will manage to rule over the pride for a while?

Hello Francesca, the males are about 10 years old now. They have been dominant on Londolozi for over 2 years and at the moment there isn’t too much competition at the moment. but that could change very quickly.

Susan Learnard
Explorer

Yes, it was for me an awful (I.e. full of awe) time when lion walked past me whist I was in the vehicle. Initially I felt calm but as they Quietly but seemingly purposefully walked by I felt fear & yet admiration in their purpose. We in the vehicle had nothing to do with lion purpose. They could have had us for a snack but we were piecemeal in their ways & I felt insignificant, with some relief

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Guy, What a cool video! It’s so amazing that they pay almost no attention to you. It’s almost like you’re just a tree!

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

What an awesome experience Guy. You just never know what the day will bring do you. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I do hope that when you do reopen that your guests will be treated to such a sight. Be well and stay safe all of you at Londolozi.

Mama Lioness
Digital Ranger

I can so imagine that seeing a massive lion brush by the Landrover, would be quite a “controlled and quiet adrealine rush!” .. Watching the lion stop and give things a short thought, as if,..”Hmm, my meal,..” and then, “Nah, too early for my dinner!” might just leave your heart beating a tad!..
That, and, just being able to have that close up connection with the lion(s) must leave you with such a rewarding sense of awe upon what you get to do as your job Guy!
I fully get that you can ever get enough of seeing the lions. – Digesting your exhilaration and admiration for their up-close presence is a surreal feeling unto itself, from afar! – Your passion and sharing are so appreciated!

Irene Henkes
Senior Digital Ranger

An avalanche of lions!! Wonderful………………………….

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