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James Tyrrell


James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on One Waterhole, a Few Lions, 15 Minutes

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Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

How wonderful! Those lions trust you so much as to keep their babies under your vehicle that’s incredible. Thank you for sharing it with us! The cubs after the big male made me smile, really great pictures

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Lovely pics of the lions.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, I saved the cub🤗

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

There is always something fascinating watching the behaviors of the lions as the pride approaches the water. As with you James. we anticipate the side-by-side lineup.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

James, incredible sighting and how lucky are you to catch them at just the right time. The reflection images are stellar and we added three of them to our favorites already! BTW, That’s a real “high class” problem when your lens is too long! 😉

Adam Y

Intense staredown!

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

The lions are very trusting…….shows how well habituated that they are…..plus it is so exciting to have them so close to the vehicle and people!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Great photos of the lions. I like the cubs ambushing dad. And dad’s mane is cool, he looks really good. It always amazes me how close lions and other animals as well, of course, get to the cars. If they knew…!

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Love watching the lions drink! And the cubs playing in the mud was definitely a plus! Nice shots!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

I love the expression on the Othawa’s face as the cub attacks once more- annoyance! What good timing you had to find this pride ready for a drink. Even with your “too large lens😘) the lioness was quite lovely without ears. All in all, many fun images!

Henk Slettenhaar
Senior Digital Ranger

Tof om de welpen zo te zien spelen met hun vader. De Othawa mannetje is een super mooie leeuw.

Tongki Kang

How are the cups doing now? Two days ago, I saw on YouTube that the health condition of the cups was not good.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

What an amazing job each of you have! To be able to roam the bush daily with all these exceptional animals and birds…,.and to have a lioness and her cubs lay down within 6 to 10 feet of your rover for restful shade is absolutely priceless!

Betty-Lou Luijken
Senior Digital Ranger

I love these lion family stories. I’ve been fortunate enough to follow a lion family in Kenya for 12 days and a lot of drama and cuteness occurred. There’s so much going on which a lot of tourists don’t realize. I hope to one day visit Londolozi. It looks like a place I really would like to be.

Corne Pruis


Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Oh wow, that was a great encounter! Those cubs in the mud are adorable and the Male is clearly not having it with the cubs antics, that made me laugh 🙂

Mama Lioness
Senior Digital Ranger

Seeing the many facets of a lions life can be fun-filled but also disparaging. As much as it’s normal for animals in the bush to not live glamorously, having to watch them drink water amidst trudging through the thick of the mud is heart breaking. The healing aspect of the pictures is seeing the character they display especially in their facial expressions. – It gives much perspective.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Hi James. Interesting to see the slight lifting of the lips in the Dad as that cub insists on pestering him! It is amazing how long suffering these fathers can be! Not always, but mostly. Wendy M

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Terrific post, James! I especially love the photos of the cubs trying to ambush the Othawa male. It reminds me of my brother and I attempting a similar maneuver with our father!

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