Sabi Sabi yesterday, today, tomorrow

kruger male vs mapogo

by Richard de Gouveia on September 21, 2012

Last night I was privileged to spend some time with the Southern Pride as they moved through the still of the night looking for a potential meal. The Kruger Male was following close behind and we had some great opportunities to photograph him.

Kruger male lion at Sabi Sabi

 He is looking great and clearly showing that he is the king of this area. Even though we didn’t hear them roaring while we were with them, I did hear them when we got back to the lodge. After dinner service I could hear the distinct call of one male lion close to the camp (KNP Male) and then 2 other males replying (Mapogos).

Kruger National Park male lion at Sabi Sabi

 This morning we found the pride with no KNP male with them and Michell, after some great tracking was able to find him almost 15 kilometres away from the pride. After she had spent time with him she went down to the Sabi River for a coffee with her guests and saw the Mapogos lazing in the river about 200 metres away.

Kruger National Park male lion at Sabi Sabi

 There is no doubt that there was interaction between the three males last night but from the looks of things the interaction was not physical. It is my guess that the Mapogos had heard the KNP making his way down there and decided to rather make space than face any form of confrontation. Patrick Flanagan, a guest at Earth Lodge took the photo of the 2 Mapogos below. Thank you for sharing!

Male lions in riverbed at Sabi Sabi private Game Reserve

by: Richard de Gouveia (Little Bush Camp ranger)

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

rosie September 21, 2012 at 8:05 am

Thanks for the Mapogo pic Richard and Patrick, the boys are looking good, I just hope they keep out of trouble.


ranger rich September 26, 2012 at 7:08 am

Always a pleasure Rosie


juan September 21, 2012 at 9:33 am

Hi Richard

Thanks for the amazing pics
The Kruger Male is by far my favourite lion in the Sabi Sands, he looks a mean beast.
How does the Kruger Male compare in size to the Mapogo’s ..?


ranger rich September 26, 2012 at 7:10 am

Glad u enjoyed Juan! They will be much the same size!


jody morrison September 21, 2012 at 10:11 am

WOW! What an exciting time. The photos are stupendous….. I am in awe. Thanks for sharing all this


ranger rich September 26, 2012 at 7:11 am

Thanks Jody


ben beckham September 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I would like to ask, why did a fight never occured when it was clearly two versus one? Is it because the 2 brothers are now like old leopards avoiding comfrontations?

Also, is there any chance that they’ll form a coalition?


ranger rich September 26, 2012 at 7:15 am

Hi Ben

The Mapogos are avoiding confrontation at all costs due to their age and the fact that the KNP males gave them a run already.

There is always a possibility of another coalition but the chances are very low!


jojo royal September 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I hope they do form a coalition. It would be safer for them long term if they did


ranger rich September 26, 2012 at 7:16 am

I would also love to see them join forces but I think it is highly unlikely!


souenir September 26, 2012 at 7:31 am

so wonderful pictures


ranger rich September 28, 2012 at 8:21 am

Thank you Souenir


souvenir October 17, 2012 at 9:50 am

Iam a chinese。living at eastnorth of china。

I am so happy to find you guys who update those story and pics about the mystery africa and the great animals living there。。

you are the ones true love the nature and the lives 。so do I。


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