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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 Tracking the Avoca Male Lions

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Great Read Nick …

What a great experience. Tracking animals is as good as you get it. Great pictures of the lions

Nick, I loved the Lions🤗

Awesome!!! Love all the Avocas!🦁💪👑❤

In a post about the lions’ status a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I believed the Avoca males would make an incursion.

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What a story Nick: full of tension, surprises and camaraderie. I was with you every step of the way … thank you for the journey and the coffee!

Great post! Thanks Nick and team.

This sounds monumentally more satisfying than my average work day. 😊

How exciting! I imaged the whole scene… eagerly waiting to know more!

What an experience you rangers got tracking the Avoca male lions. I’m sure you were elated when you finally caught up with them. The hard work in the heat of the day was well worth all the angiety, thrill and at last the sighting of the two males. Congratulations Rangers and Trackers.

Hi Nick. All I can say is rather you than me. I am being absolutely honest. Especially through tallish grass! But thanks for the interesting description. Wendy M

What an exciting adventure! I’m happy to track lions while in a vehicle, but on foot requires courage that I don’t think I have – or ever will! Thanks for sharing, Nick!

Thanks Mary Beth, I’m surprised that we had the courage too!

Thanks for the great tracking adventure.

Enjoyed reading your tracking experience Nick – glad you weren’t disappointed! It’ll be interesting to follow the developments of the male lion dynamics in the months to come… sounds like it’s getting a bit ‘crowded’ in some areas!

Hi Shirley, yes it will be interesting to watch the lion dynamics over the coming months.

How exciting!!!! Patience and experience paid off. They are such magnificent lions. Thank you.

It must be so exhilarating to track lion ! I’m not so sure I would be so relaxed and able to focus on the fresh tracks knowing how close you might be to them 😬! I’m sure the experience will stay with you forever…and the next will bring you even closer to feeling such a part of your surroundings. Great Nick 🙏🏻💕

Well Nick, you had me hooked at tracking on foot- how exciting and then to actually find the Avocas nearby. Your success is an experience I’d love to realize- perhaps one day….. the B boys better be careful!!

As a newcomer here, thank you for sharing your tracking adventure and taking me along!

Welcome! Hope you’re enjoying the site

Oh, tracking! That is something else. I wonder, do you keep quiet when coming closer to the object, or do you still talk normally, so that animal can hear your voices? Thanks!

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