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 Post subject: Re: S100 pride of 30+ Lions
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A colleague was staying at satara for 2 weeks at beginning of June and also saw the pride in the road - they counted 27 in the pride.


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 Post subject: Re: S100 pride of 30+ Lions
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A couple years ago , we regularly saw a pride of 10 lions ( 3 males and 7 females ) around Gudzani at the bottom of the S100 . They seemed to prefer hunting buffaloes . We called them " the Gudzani pride " .
It seems this is probably the same pride which have now grown quite considerably in numbers , obviously all the females having produced litters .
But wow , what I sighting they must be now :dance:
Although , I cannot see that this will really continue to remain as one single pride . The youngsters , especially young males will probably soon split off into separate prides :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: S100 pride of 30+ Lions
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S100 Mega Pride AT IT'S BEST! (26 in this photo)
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 Post subject: Re: S100 pride of 30+ Lions
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Saw this pride a week ago at Gudzani dam - 7 lionesses and 20 youngsters . It appears there are a number of other big prides in the Satara area . On the same day I saw a pride of 13 at Nsemani dam - 2 males and 3 or 4 lionesses with cubs , and the day before I saw 17 lions (about 5 or 6 lionesses with three quarter grown cubs) at Gudzani east windmill .


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 Post subject: Re: S100 pride of 30+ Lions
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Well, we had 4 days at Satara in August. We had a couple of successfull drives along that road. The best was when we saw a small pride at 0700 and they basically laid near the road most of the day.
Here are a couple of photos.
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 Post subject: Re: S 100
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The s100 back to normal today 18 lions early in the morning and the same pride feeding in the afternoon
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Unbelievable footage!!
The S100 Mega Pride eating a wildebeest they killed late Yesterday afternoon!


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Wow Awesome sightings and video flip

I havent had the best of luck on S100 to be honest.
Drive it early later etc best sighting middle of the day.
Lioness with 7 cubs.
That afternoon we drove H7 got back to camp people told us the lioness with cubs got joined by 7 more females and 2km from them mating pair of lions.
Lets see if i can still post pics been a while


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What a magical sunset pic, B5S! :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: S100 pride of 30+ Lions
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could somebody who is more of an expert than I am make an educated guess about the age of these cubs? I filmed on them on the S100 so they might very well be another addition to the Mega Pride.

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 Post subject: Re: S100 pride of 30+ Lions
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:hmz: Cannot give an educated guess. But they are very young.

Fantastic footage :clap: :clap: They are just soooooo cute!!

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When did you see them Ice?
I just love seeing young animals. :D

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Oct 14, appr. 6:15 am, to be precise :D - I might post more footage of them with my trip report


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which would mean that they are probably just on their way to be introduced to the pride


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 Post subject: Re: S100 pride of 30+ Lions
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here's the initial footage I talked about earlier on

On Friday we were ready to leave to Satara, probably the best place in the park to find big cats. With the 10 o'clock check out deadline we kept our morning drive short: first we tried to find the lions we had spotted the night before (without success), then we headed east again on the tar road. Following the reports at Kruger Sightings we noticed that Sharon and her husband (who has since identified himself as Chris) were seemingly on their way to Satara, too, although they were taking the direct route. And while they found 14 lions, a leopard and cheetah we had to be (and were) happy with a lone hyena on the H3, munching away on her breakfast bone and later a small group of 4 lions, deep on the bushes next to the Vortrekker Road.

On Oct 12 we left Satara camp at 3:45 pm but were quickly stopped by a huge herd of buffalo. While the other cars on both sides of the blockage waited, I decided to drive right through - and neither animals nor machines were hurt or damaged. Had I waited as the others, I would most likely have missed the S100 Mega Pride.

It was difficult to count the animals, since it was still pouring but I am sure there were at least 20 of them. However, it wasn't until back home with the aid of a big monitor that I was able to determine what they were "feasting" on: an impala ram (you can briefly see its head and cervical vertebra ca. 2:32 into the Clip) - not a lot of food for a pride of this size.



Strangely for us, all of a sudden the females and youngsters one after the other got up and left the scene, the first cats in a leisurely pace, the last ones in a rush - it was then that we realized that two males had arrived. I don't know if these guys rule this pride or not but they sure were a sight, obviously in the prime of their lifes.

We stayed with them for almost 45 minutes, the last half hour with no other car - what an encounter! I had of course read about this pride before but to actually see it "live"... a rare treat, I believe, even here at SanParks.org new reports about the pride drop in only every other month.


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