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Robert Ball

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Robbie developed a passion for the African bush from many visits to his family’s small holding in a greater conservancy just outside Johannesburg. Living in the big city his whole life, he always found refuge in the outdoors and has grown to appreciate ...

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on The Newest Addition(s) to the Ntsevu Pride

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Karen Taylor
Explorer

So wonderful to see so many cubs, so wish I was at Londolozi to see them. Stay safe little cubs.

Robert Ball
Contributor

Truly wonderful. Hopefully you’re able to visit us and see them soon!

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

What a fabulous moment for you and the other car. keeping fingers. crossed. no hyenas find them! Thanks for sharing! Victoria

Robert Ball
Contributor

Fingers crossed!

Cyndy Beardsley
Digital Ranger

WOW !

Dina Petridis
Senior Digital Ranger

lucky you !

Camille Koertner
Senior Digital Ranger

How awesome to see blue eyes, little spots and very wobbly legs and bodies–times five!!!

Robert Ball
Contributor

Truly special I must admit.

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

What a truly divine safari experience! But how in the world does a lioness successfully feed 5 cubs with 4 teats? Seems like one cub will always miss out.

What a precious, precious sighting. Very special. Thank you for sharing.

William Paynter
Senior Digital Ranger

Great pictures and video of this sighting with the lioness and her cubs. Wishing her success in raising her cubs.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Such exciting sightings! Seeing a lioness or leopard carry her offspring in her mouth is a 10 out of 10 event in my mind, one that I hope to experience in the future! Thanks for the video.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Totally agree! I have a remarkable photo of a female leopard carrying a cub in her mouth on the open road.

Robert Ball
Contributor

I hope you are able to experience it too, Mary! It was a truly special moment.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Robert, lions🤗

Barbi Evenson
Senior Digital Ranger

How absolutely amazing !!!! And 5 Cubs!
Wishing the new family all of the strength and good luck they need to survive! 5 Cubs, still can’t believe it❣️

Robert Ball
Contributor

I’ve only just come to grips with it now! As i said – I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming!

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Wow – you certainly hit the jackpot! What an astonishing experience that must have been.

Robert Ball
Contributor

It really was, thank you Suzanne.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

What a wonderful sight to behold Chris, five gorgeous cubs playing and suckling on Mum …couldn’t have been a better day as you say !!! 🙏🏻💗💗💗 just super.

Robert Ball
Contributor

Probably my best day in the bush to date!

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

I’m sure it was Robert..so sorry I mistook you for Chris !

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

That was a brilliant sighting. The cubs are so tiny and I commend you on giving space to the lioness so she can continue to protect them c

Robert Ball
Contributor

Thank you, Denise. We must constantly remind ourselves that we are merely observers – we need to respect their space.

Linda Deutsch
Digital Ranger

Remarkable video……the interaction among the cubs is just priceless to watch! Too cute for words! Thanks so very much for your perseverance and patience and sharing.

Robert Ball
Contributor

It’s a pleasure, Linda. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

A wonderful experience for your guests

Karen Hart
Digital Ranger

How wonderful! Five!! Can’t wait to see more as they grow and hopefully see them in person in October.

Robert Ball
Contributor

Fingers crossed!

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Hi Robert! Any idea if this is a lioness who has mated with the Avoca Males (Northern) as well as the Birminghams or do you believe these are Birmingham cubs?

Robert Ball
Contributor

Hi Michael, I believe that these cubs belong to the Birmingham males.

Valmai Vorster
Digital Tracker

I am overwhelmed by the sight of these 5 little cubs, that are so precious. Those blue eyes are beautiful and the little legs are stll unsteady. Hope to see the leopard cubs soon as well.

Robert Ball
Contributor

I hope to see leopard cubs soon as well, don’t we all!

Marcia Parker
Senior Digital Ranger

Loved the short video of the Cubs wobbling walking out…
Wish there was more!

Robert Ball
Contributor

Unfortunately the cubs usually remain in very concealed thickets, making it hard to see them clearly wobbling about – we got lucky this time!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

In addition to guides/trackers, it is every guest’s dream to view baby animals-especially within the cat family. Thank you for providing us with such wonderful video and photos!!

Robert Ball
Contributor

You’re welcome, Denise! I’m glad you enjoyed them.

What an awesome sighting Rob, to see them so young – thanks for sharing your experience & great video!

Robert Ball
Contributor

You’re welcome, Shirley!

Mama Lioness
Senior Digital Ranger

Ohhww Goodness woudness! Little Wugga Wuggas! What precious joy!

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Brilliant and exciting development and sighting Robert! And so many great photos and videos. I can’t imagine how breathtaking this must have been for those of you fortunate enough to have experienced it first hand. Bravo and best wishes to the newbies!!

Robert Ball
Contributor

Breathtaking is a great word to describe everyone’s feelings in the vehicle!

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