This month we were lucky enough to experience an up-close –and-personal experience with one of the big males from the Western Pride. A young zebra mare died giving birth next to the access road of Clifftop, providing an easy meal for the hungry lion and providing us with three days of beautiful sightings on our doorstep! A lovely sighting of the young female in the pride along with a sub adult male on a kill on Fig Tree Plains topped off the sightings of the Western Pride for the month. On a sadder note, the three new cubs born to this pride fell victim to the harsher aspects of nature and were reported to have passed away.
These lions have been sighted on numerous occasions this month, still in the South of the reserve. We had a very special sighting of them halfway through the month. Sometime during the night the pride had made a wildebeest kill and was still in the area the next day during our drives. We were privileged enough to come upon them once they had moved out of a dense stand of ferns and headed to the river for a drink, coming to within five metres of the vehicle and giving us a beautiful photo opportunity! They were also spotted in the same area a few days later, this time joined by one of the reserve males, lounging on an open plain close to the road, obliging our guests with a wonderful show of stretching and yawning and finally crossing the road in front of the vehicle one by one.