The sight of lions is always is an exciting moment for anyone. Africa’s largest cat is undoubtedly the king of the African savanna.
Seeing a pride of 6 females and 3 cubs 10meters away from your car is heart raising.
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.
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.
I passed through an open plain when I saw 6 lions coming out off the dense high grass.
Looking for shade on a sunny day, they rested under a shadowing tree right on the driving track. What a photogenic opportunity.
Some wore tracking collars, keeping them safe from humans, and humans safe from lions. When lions Rest, they don’t move much at all.
The odd body roll or paws in the air is as far as the action goes.
Interestingly, they turn their paws up. Most likely to keep cool and rest wounded paws.
Another lioness came out of the high grass sometime later.
She was slightly wounded, clearly limping and skinnier than the other lionesses.
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.
She was very interested in a couple of warthogs a few hundred meters away. With no cover, no chance for an ambush.
The warthogs were surprisingly calm going on with their business. Mhh?
Two other cubs came out of the high grass. Watching carefully movements off the same warthogs, before deciding to rejoin the pride.
It’s simply is to hot for a tired lion to waste energy on a slightly successful chase.
As much as I would have liked to see that in front of my lens, my squeamish self didn’t want to see it.
Meanwhile, more and more safari vehicles arrived, time for me to move on.
What a fantastic photo opportunity from the lion pride. Hakuna Matata.