LIONS

It was while I was listening to the sound track of Born Free this morning that it struck me how fortunate I have been to have seen lions so often in the wild. It is the one animal that tourists – and not only the ones from abroad – have at the top of their wish lists when they enter game areas such as the Kruger National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. We have enjoyed some of the best sightings at the latter place and yet have also spent ten days there without seeing a single one!

We had been waiting patiently at a water hole shortly after sunrise. Our attention was focused on birds and the activity of a couple of jackals nearby when this pair of lions came padding across the dry river bed. Notice the dust being thrown up by their large padded paws.

They drank deeply and for a long time.

Early on another morning our attention was drawn to definite sounds of distress not far from the camp we were staying at. The gates had opened not long before and we were met by this scene of two lionesses doing battle with a wildebeest, kicking up a lot of dust in the process!

Within minutes Black-backed jackals had come to investigate within a safe distance as the two lionesses settled down to rip open the carcass – only to be usurped by an enormous male that appeared from nowhere! While on the subject of males, tourists would give their eye teeth for a sight such as this one strolling across the road in front of us in the Kruger National Park. This photograph gives you a good idea of how large their paws are.

Much closer to home, here is a lion seen in the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape.

NOTE: Click on a photograph if you wish to see a larger view.

18 thoughts on “LIONS

  1. The picture of the lionesses doing battle with a wildebeest is fascinating! Here in Iowa, one mountain lion has been in the news daily for about a week–caught at night on camera or spotted in wooded areas. We’re warned to keep small pets indoors.

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  2. Awesome experience. I have yet to witness a kill other than a quick grab of an unsuspecting baby warthog by an opportunistic lion in Addo Elephant Park. We once watched a mother cheetah stalking and chasing an impala, disappearing into the bush and then returning with lunch for the kittens in her mouth. We then watched them tuck in.
    I don’t know whether or not I actually want to see the actual attack!

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    • Thank you for your response. We too have watched – young lions especially – chasing warthog in Addo without success for those are wily little creatures. These lion photographs have been selected from a number of visits to parks. We often leave without spotting a single lion, so count ourselves fortunate when we do.

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    • It has been a pleasure – although I wouldn’t like to give the impression we ‘fall’ over lions in game parks; we often do not come across any! Fortunately though we are interested in many other animals and birds, so never come away feeling disappointed.

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