Sabi Sabi yesterday, today, tomorrow

the week in pictures and video

by Richard de Gouveia on July 12, 2012

What a week it has been! As we move deeper and deeper into winter the game viewing just gets crazier and crazier. The week started with the craziest sighting in front of Selati Camp, where a leopard killed a kudu only to have it stolen by a lioness who later brought her 3 cubs through to feed. The craziness had just begun and the leopard brought her 2 cubs to feed while the lioness and her cubs sat digesting about 50 metres from the carcass. That night 13 hyenas tried to push the lioness off the kill but the noise they were generating only attracted the rest of the Southern Pride who chased them off.

lion cubs

lions drinking


lion stretch

We were also visited by a male cheetah who moved through the reserve looking for a meal. He did not stick around for long but it was an amazing sighting to see one of these beautiful cats.



I was also graced with my first view of one of Nottins’ cubs.

leopard cub

The wild dogs have been denning close by but have remained elusive but they were out for long enough chasing impala for us to get a great look at these highly efficient hunters.

wild dogs

wild dogs

wild dogs

There was one sighting that I unfortunately was not in but a guest from Earth Lodge was able to capture the entire event on video. Whilst sitting watching the Southern Pride sleeping, the wild dogs were chasing a herd of impala and as if they were a delivery service they chased the impala right into the waiting lions! What a video! Thanks to Rowan and Hayley Hardy for sharing this AMAZING video with us!

The lion cubs have been seen more and more as they are spending a lot more time with the pride.

lion cubs

safari at sabi sabi


Winter is always a time for lots of elephants and the reserve has been overrun by huge herds of elephants, sometimes numbering over 100 individuals!


baby elephant

The Mapogos have been moving around the reserve more than usual and we finally saw Pretty Boy reunited with Mak after a long absence. We had long thought that he had died so it was great to see him alive and well.


mapogo lions

mapogos lion

As always, the reserve has been pumping with other game too and I look forward to another amazing week at Sabi Sabi!



elephant at water hole





by: Richard de Gouveia (Little Bush Camp ranger)

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

bobi July 12, 2012 at 11:38 am

wonderful pics and dialogue thank you so much


ranger rich July 17, 2012 at 8:08 am

Thanks Bobi!


syl July 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Most excellent week indeed! What luck to catch the wild dog/lion/impala action.
:) Syl


ranger rich July 17, 2012 at 8:09 am

Thanks Syl! That video was insane! Thank you to the guests for sharing it with us!


walker July 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Beautiful as always. Wow! I wonder how big the Southern Pride will get? There are already 8 lionesses and 6 sub-adults and now a ton of new cubs. How big do lion prides get?


ranger rich July 17, 2012 at 8:12 am

Thanks Walker…The Southern Pride has only 7 females now. One has been missing and is assumed dead for about 2 months now.

Prides will get as big as they can sustain. There are prides that have over 30 individuals and are able to pull down adolescent elephants. My guess is that the Southern Pride will reach a critical mass and then split into 2 smaller prides.


sheila July 13, 2012 at 1:24 am

Another amazing blog that brought on laughter and giggles. The kids always bring a smile to my face, no matter the breed. It was fantastic to see the Mapogo brothers together again. I am so happy that Pretty Boy is still with us. Thanks again, Richard. Your photos and words always brighten my day.


ranger rich July 17, 2012 at 8:13 am

Thanks Sheila! Glad my blogs have such a positive effect on you ;-)


carsten July 16, 2012 at 2:26 am

And this is why lions yawn when they wake up… A stretch, just in case something runs by them.


sanjiv goenka July 25, 2012 at 10:37 am

very concerned about the two small cubs in the pride i hope the two males are not ousted for sometime anyway how old r they?


sanjiv goenka July 25, 2012 at 10:38 am

any takeover attempts recently from outside males?


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