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Jess Shillaw

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Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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on A Night With Lions

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A night adventure, how cool. Thanks for sharing Jess.

Great adventure for you and your guests.

What an adventurous evening you had looking for the lions. Then seeing the 9 lions chasing the buffalo and t the crocodile awaiting them in the water. Your foto’s are incredible and I’m sure it is not easy to take foto’s at night, never mind having to look for the lions and all the excitement that goes with it. At least the buffalo lived another night free of being eaten. That crocodile certainly means business.

It was a lot fun thank you, Valmai! Yes you are right, lions are difficult to follow at night! Lucky buffalo!

One of our most exhilirating sighting was facing a pride of 11 lions as they walked past us in the darkness. The video I was able to make never fails to shock our non-safari friends,

Yes it can be very intimidating hearing the lions but not seeing them as they walk past you with no lights!

An interesting blog Jess. Really nice pics. Thank you for sharing.

Such a great adventure for you and your guests, including the junior set. It’s extremely difficult to follow lions at night as they have the advantage of ducking into the thickets, but then you had the added obstacle of the River – the prey charging into it to escape to the other side whilst the lions were worried about the crocs that they might encounter if they followed the Buffalo. However, lions are smart and found the rock to use as a median point. All in all a wonderful night adventure with lions.

It was a short but wonderful night indeed!

Fabulous photos to match your exciting night drive in persute of the pride Jess. It brings back such wonderful memories many moons ago of being at Londo in the dark with a pride of lions, smothered in bugs attracted by our spot lights,trying to aim the light on the hunted game rather than the lion but all feeling a little ‘creepy’ not knowing exactly where the lion were at that precise moment as we dare not give them away with the spots. It paid off as We did get to see the aftermath of their kill and boy was it exciting !! Thanks for sharing 👌🏻❤️

Patience always pays off in nature! Happy you got to see the kill, made the bugs all worth it!

Jess, Are those golden traces in your last photo the bugs in the air?

Just magical, thanks for sharing Jess!

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