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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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Nick, I loved the lions🤗

Master Tracker

Really nice atmospheric article , any news of the Tsala lioness/cub /pride?

Thanks Ian. We haven’t seen the Tsalala pride in a few weeks. The pair were last seen in the Manyelethi River bed about 3 weeks ago and were looking healthy.

The ongoing developments of the Ntsevu pride continue to fascinate! Looking forward to seeing how things develop through the end of summer and into the fall. Thanks for the great post Nick!

Hello Nick, are both Birmingham males still around? It looks like a new lion saga with adult males moving around

Hi Francesca, both the Birmingham males are going strong at the moment. The two males are aging so it remains to be seen which males will move in to replace them.

Great photos of those lions.I like the story very much. One can really imagine how the sun is coming up and it is getting lighter and those sleepy lions peer out of the grass.
I am looking forward very much to spending Easter at Londolozi!

One of the benefits a job like yours has, is experiencing the beginning of each day, watching the sun rise in wide open spaces, surrounded by nature’s gifts of all levels. Every day is unique- you don’t always know what you’ll encounter as your wheels begin the morning’s drive, even with briefings prior to departing the lodge. Based upon the previous day’s sightings, you could go in search of the wild dogs’ pack, only to run into the Ximungwe female! As I see it, dawn represents earth’s cycle of awakening, and consequently ours, to open our eyes wide and let the day begin. Enjoyed reading your thoughts.

Glad you enjoyed it!

Senior Digital Ranger

What a lovely story… and so it continues… !

Digital Ranger

Hi, Nick! Any sign of the Tsalala pride on Londolozi?

Hi Linda, we haven’t seen the Tsalala pride in a few weeks but the last time they were seen there were looking healthy.

Hearing a lion’s roar is one of the most incredible experiences!

Gorgeous sunrise lions!

i am a huge lion fan!!!!!!! ANYTHING ON THE TSALALAS MOM AND DAUGHTER???? PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi Suzanne, nothing new on the Tsalalas. We will be sure to update everyone when they are next found.

Such a beautiful blog, both writing and pictures! The dawn was my favorite time of day at Londolozi.
I was wondering if anyone has any information about the Tsalala Female and her cub?

Hi Nickolette, we don’t have any recent news on the Tsalala pride but they were looking healthy last time we saw them.

Absolutely incredible foto’s of the lions and the backdrop of the lioness lying in the grass. I’m sure they made a kill the night before, as you say Nick they looked as if they fed the night before. Gorgeous foto of the Birmingham male lion.

Wonderful story!! also would love to have an update on the Ottawah pride.

What a great way to start your days work.

Senior Digital Ranger

Nick- a wonderfully descriptive blog – you had me right back there in the beautiful early morning light, watching it evolve!

What glorious start to another beautiful African dawn !🙏💕

Really beautiful piece and great photos

Hi Nick. Thanks for a typical bushveld awakening and then visited by Royalty – one of the Queens and one of the Kings Himself! Loved the accompanying pics too. Wendy M

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