Spending an afternoon with lions on the Londolozi airstrip bathed in golden afternoon light, it couldn’t get more picture perfect than that. During this Virtual Safari, we were treated to the presence of the magnificent larger Ndzhenga Male and a stunning Talamati Female, as the sun was setting behind us and a journey of giraffes keeping a concerned eye on the lions from nearby.
Positioning ourselves at a distance and getting out the big guns, the 600mm lens, we watched as the lions, elevated above us, greeted one another and then proceeded to mate. Witnessing their mating ritual and a leisurely stroll across the airstrip was nothing short of an unbelievable sighting, offering a unique perspective at eye level with a clear backdrop behind them.
But the afternoon had more in store for us. The lioness set her sights on the nearby giraffes and attempted a half-hearted stalk and resulting chase once the giraffe had realised she was a little too close for comfort and scampered away. The male lion, intrigued by the female’s antics, followed over the airstrip in a regal and graceful yet powerful stride, eventually leading them both to walk right past our vehicle. He eventually paused for a drink at a nearby waterhole before marching into a clearing.
As if it couldn’t get any better, the Ntomi Male Leopard, made a surprise appearance as if he felt left out of today’s virtual safari. Our view of him was only a fleeting glimpse before darted for thicker vegetation to evade the male lion. Overall it was an extraordinary afternoon spent within 1km of camp.
Enjoy this Virtual Safari…
A single cub of the Ximungwe Female's second litter. Initially rather skittish but is very relaxed now. Birth mark in his left eye.
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