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Dean de la Rey

Alumni Ranger

Dean was a guide at Londolozi from 2018 to 2022. He grew up in Johannesburg and it was from his very first trip to the bush at the age of two that he was captivated by this environment (he claims he can remember ...

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on The Value of The Mhangeni Pride

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It is so special to see the Mhangene pride. Fantastic sighting.

Susan Strauss
Digital Tracker

I was there!! And can vouch for the HUGE smile on Dean’s (and JT’s) face as the lions came in so close to them. Inches away! Add in the Cubs covered in mud and it is one of my top 3 lion sitings ever…..

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

How common is it for a male lion to be dominant without a coalition to assist?

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Great photos and great story. I also love watching lions especially when cubs are there as well. Who doesn’t?

Gillian Evans

Fantastic! How lovely to see the cubs drinking!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Dean, loved all the photos, especially cubs🤗

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

Always a thrill to find a pride of lions doing what they do!! Wish i had been there!! Thank you for sharing the moment. Victoria

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Hi, thanks to you and the Anti-Poaching Unit those wonderful animals have a chance to survive to the ravaging poaching all over the world.
Fantastic photos!

Barbi Evenson
Senior Digital Ranger

Great pictures! Thank you for sharing! What a great way to start the day😊

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Very sweet reflection shot!!!!!

Zaahid Loonat

Is the Othawa Male more impressive than the Birmingham Males in size? One of the Birmingham Males is said to be the biggest lion in the area of Sabi Sands rn.

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Would love to see them someday! The Otthawa male is really in his prime!

Michael Fleetwood
Master Tracker

Hi Dean! Are the Mhangeni Pride operating in similar areas that the three older females utilized when they raised the six adult Ntsevu lionesses or are they elsewhere on Londolozi in addition to wandering elsewhere?

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Those cubs are so cute!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Dean, What a spectacular sighting! Loved seeing the cubs!

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Extremely cool sighting boys, and a great post Dean!!

Barbi Evenson
Senior Digital Ranger

How exciting! Can’t wait to come back…

Mj Bradley
Senior Digital Ranger

Wonderful to see the Mhangeni Pride flourishing. Also seeing the Othaway male doing so well and looking Magnificent.. Nice he made his way to his fathers stomping grounds..

Mama Lioness
Senior Digital Ranger

Precious pictures! The wherewithal of lions never ceases to amaze me. They do have their hardships grant you, which in Africa can never be taken for granted but, hearing that they’re out and about and doing okay when the day is in question comes as a huge relief and moment of relief and cheer.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

A tremendous sighting! What a close encounter!

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