Lions of South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Lion cub is aware while mom is resting, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

A lion cub is aware while mom is resting, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The sight of lions is always is an exciting moment for anyone. Africa’s largest cat is undoubtedly the king of the African savanna.

Pride and rest, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Pride and rest, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Seeing a pride of 6 females and 3 cubs 10meters away from your car is heart raising.

Cute cub in sepia, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Cute cub in sepia, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The word was out that some lions had been spotted in the open grasslands in the southern edge of South Luangwa National Park. Minimising the search to a smaller area doesn’t mean that you will actually see them. They fur blends in well with surroundings. 

Laughing Spotted hyena, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Laughing Spotted hyena, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Spotting a spotted hyena is a fair sign for some hunting activities overnight. This one was laughing as it ran off. Yet, no sign of any lion for quite some time.

Pride and hunt leaders, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Pride and hunt leaders, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

I passed through an open plain when I saw 6 lions coming out off the dense high grass.

Keeping a watchful eye, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Keeping a watchful eye, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Looking for shade on a sunny day, they rested under a shadowing tree right on the driving track. What a photogenic opportunity.

Satellite collar around lioness neck, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Satellite collar around lioness neck, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Some wore tracking collars, keeping them safe from humans, and humans safe from lions. When lions Rest, they don’t move much at all.

Tough day in the office, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Tough day in the office, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The odd body roll or paws in the air is as far as the action goes.

Paws up, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Paws up, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Interestingly, they turn their paws up. Most likely to keep cool and rest wounded paws.

Late arrival l South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Late arrival l South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Another lioness came out of the high grass sometime later.

Battered and wounded, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Battered and wounded, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

She was slightly wounded, clearly limping and skinnier than the other lionesses.

Tired, hungry face, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Tired, hungry face, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

As she joined the resting pack, she kept a keen eye out on surroundings. She was obviously still hungry and might have missed out on a meal.

Keen eyes on Pumba, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Keen eyes on Pumba, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

She was very interested in a couple of warthogs a few hundred meters away. With no cover, no chance for an ambush.

Unfaced by danger, face in the ground, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Unfaced by danger, face in the ground, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The warthogs were surprisingly calm going on with their business. Mhh?

Two cubs out of the high grass, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Two cubs out of the high grass, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Two other cubs came out of the high grass. Watching carefully movements off the same warthogs, before deciding to rejoin the pride.

Cub is keeping an eye out too, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

A cub is keeping an eye out too, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

It’s simply is to hot for a tired lion to waste energy on a slightly successful chase.

Ready to pounce, South Luangwa National Park

Ready to pounce, South Luangwa National Park

As much as I would have liked to see that in front of my lens, my squeamish self didn’t want to see it.

Mother and cub with the same spirit, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Mother and cub with the same spirit, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Meanwhile, more and more safari vehicles arrived, time for me to move on.

Restful Hunter, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Restful Hunter, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

 

 

What a fantastic photo opportunity from the lion pride. Hakuna Matata. 

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