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the pride feeds

by Richard de Gouveia on June 28, 2013

The morning chill penetrated all layers as we left Bush Lodge for safari before the sun had even risen. With the glimmer of first light on the horizon, we set out on another amazing journey into the African wilderness. The fresh air left our noses and ears tingling with the bite of cold but all was forgotten when we found the tracks of the Southern Pride. I climbed out of the vehicle and showed the guests the tracks and which way they were heading, immediately the excitement grew.

Southern Pride lioness at Sabi Sabi Luxury Safari Lodges

 My highly talented tracker, Jack, kept his eyes on the road as we followed the pride’s path. Left turn, right turn, straight ahead and so on. We lost the tracks, then found them again and we just kept moving forward. Eventually we turned the corner to find a lioness drinking from a pan. The guests all gasped with excitement. The lioness then strolled past our Land Rover and led us straight back to the pride that were just finishing of a kill. We could not decipher what had been killed cause there was nothing left but it had to have been something substantial judging by the bulges in their tummies. The 10 month old cub was almost rolling it was so full.

Southern Pride lioness at Sabi Sabi Luxury Safari Lodges

Southern Pride lioness at Sabi Sabi Luxury Safari Lodges

kruger male lion

We sat with them for a while before they started to amble down the road away from their dinner table. The golden light filtered through the misty morning creating the most beautiful scene. Moving, then sleeping, then moving as if they were not sure what to do next. The Kruger male made an advance on one of the females but was shot straight down with a nasty growl and a swipe. What a great way to start the day.

male lion sighting while on safari at Sabi Sabi Luxury Safari Lodges

southern pride lions while on safari at Sabi Sabi

southern pride lions while on safari at Sabi Sabi

BY: RICHARD DE GOUVEIA (LITTLE BUSH CAMP RANGER)

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shirley June 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm

It is good to know that the pride is being followed so closely now. It helps everyone keep things straight with the Southern Pride dynamics.

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richard smith June 28, 2013 at 2:14 pm

thanks for a lovely story of these lions. Both the narrative and the photos are excellent quality.

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