We had received reports that one of the females part of the Ntsevu pride had recently given birth to a new litter.
None of us had yet seen any of the newest cubs, until they were finally found on the eastern banks of Londolozi.
Ranger Nick Sims and Tracker Life Sibuye had found tracks of one lioness and superimposed on top of them were tracks a tenth of the size.
Hearing this on the radio I was immediately excited as we now had the chance of seeing the newest cubs and we believed they were only about six weeks old.
There were three of us working in the area in search for the lions when Nick found them.
We took turns in viewing the lioness and her cub as they were on the move, and we wanted to ensure we did not put any unnecessary pressure on the pair.
After waiting for an hour it was finally our turn to watch as they moved over a crest. The excitement and overwhelming sense of joy oozing from our vehicle was almost tangible as we watched the 6-week old cub bound after its mother, struggling to even run through the new green blades of grass.
We had followed the female for well over a kilometre by now. The cub was loudly expressing its tiredness as it whined at the mother for assistance or at least a short break. We couldn’t believe our luck when the mother stooped down and gently picked the cub up to carry it into the thicket
We had a feeling the mother was walking to a possible kill as she had the faint colour of blood around her neck. We didn’t want to jump to any conclusions…
The lioness slowed down and we briefly lost sight of them through a thick area while off-roading, but as we emerged through the thicket we saw something breathtaking; other lions from the pride were on a kudu kill:
Seeing lions on a kill is special enough, but how we got there, trailing a lioness carrying her cub, took the afternoon to a whole other level.