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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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William Paynter
Digital Tracker

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

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Great adventure for you and your guests.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

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.

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

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

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

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,

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

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

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

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

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

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.

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

It was a short but wonderful night indeed!

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

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 👌🏻❤️

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

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

Patrick Smyth
Explorer

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

Karin Webber
Explorer

Just magical, thanks for sharing Jess!

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