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Re: 3 Male lions near Skukuza

Unread post by katmal » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:57 am

Hi there

We also saw them at the entrance to lake panic birdhide in December 2011, as well as one of them trying to hunt a giraffe on the H11 at the turnoff to lake panic the previous evening. One defintely has a blond mane and the other two darker manes. They must surely be the same three that took a buffalo outside Skukuza main gate last year and it seems they prefer bigger prey. I know they were spotted on alpha loop last week along the Sabie River and we also heard them roaring (not sure if it was them) close to Skukuza 2 weeks ago. Have not seen them with any females, but 7 lionesses hunted on the Skukuza golf course yesterday and they could well be part of this pride.

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Re: 3 Male lions near Skukuza

Unread post by shaheen » Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:02 pm

Hi..
I was lucky enough to see the on the 30 April 2012.
We were driving towards skukuza camp, at the H11 H1-1 intersection we saw one male running towards us, we turned around following him on the H11. He was roaring, in the distance we could hear more roars.
He stopped and his 2 other brothers came to meet him.
One definitely has a lighter mane and the other 2 are dark maned.
Now all 3 roaring (hair raising experience) turn around and walk towards the intersection to meet up with 2 females.
They then embrace each other and sit next to the road. Time 18h00, camps gate closing, have to leave them and make off to camp.
Excuse my picture quality, was taken with me blackberry...

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Re: 3 Male lions near Skukuza

Unread post by shaheen » Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:03 pm

the experience was really amazing.....
We were with them for 45minutes

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Re: 3 Male lions near Skukuza

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:23 pm

It seems they only hunt big prey :shock:
I would be interested to follow the 3 brutes progress!
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Re: 3 Male lions near Skukuza

Unread post by jasond » Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:13 pm

thanks for all the replies, i hope you all send alot more and yes katmal they are the 3 that took down the buffalo and were on the local news near Skukuza.

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Re: 3 Male lions near Skukuza

Unread post by jasond » Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:15 pm

Hi Shaheen, do you know what pride the 2 lionesses come from? thanks

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Re: 3 Male lions near Skukuza

Unread post by katmal » Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:43 pm

Some pics of the three males

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Re: 3 Male lions near Skukuza

Unread post by PetraJ » Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:55 pm

Scipio saw them on a night drive a few days ago approximately 6km south of Skukuza :thumbs_up:

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Re: 3 Male lions near Skukuza

Unread post by shaheen » Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:10 pm

@Jasond.. no idea where the females came from..
A buddy of mine saw the males last weekend as well..
Heres a better picture of one of the females.
She was spraying on the side of the road..
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9 male lions on H7

Unread post by whipper » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:11 pm

Hello mites
I had an excellent sighting of about 9 male lions on the H7 between orpen and satara as we were exiting the park..couldnt ask for more and it was sad that we had to leave these boys as time was short and we had a long way to travel and could not spend much more time in the park.
Does anybody know which pride they come from? Or does this pride have a name?

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Re: 9 male lions on h7

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Re: 9 male lions on h7

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Re: 9 male lions on h7

Unread post by jasond » Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:24 pm

These males used to be 11 but 2 were killed by the 6 Matimba males in Manyeleti and were born into the Skybeds/Orpen pride that goes between northern Manyeleti and southern Timbavati.
I know these boys have been spending a lot of time on Ngala in Timbavati and near the Orpen gate area.
I've been following their story as much as I can get info on them

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Re: 3 Male lions near Skukuza

Unread post by Anja Barnard » Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:25 am

Hi there,

Does anybody know whether one of these males have a missing canine (left, ). We saw 3 male lions, which we believe are the Toulons, on the Bravo loop on the H4-1 close to Skukuza in December. I later discovered on a video clip that I took of the 3 roaring, that the bigger male only has 1 canine at the bottom and that the left one is missing.

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Re: A heard of lion !

Unread post by 100ponder » Sun Jul 01, 2012 6:22 pm

Hi all,

Early June 2012 Lettie and myself found ourselves in Satara for one night.

The campsite was PACKED and eventually a lady [ Cathy Verster ] approached us after we were driving up and down several times looking for a place to pitch out little dome tent which we use for fly camping when staying over for only one night at a time. She kindly guided us to a secluded spot behind their camp and shared their power supply with us.

A little later we joined them for after supper coffee during which they advised us to drive the S100 early the next morning as it was renown for lion.

Well, the next morning we rushed to the gate all set to search for lion, just to find ourselves waiting at the gate with a score of cars ahead of us. What a disappointment it was to find most of these cars turning onto the S100 ahead of us, the road was transformed into a dust bowl ! All lions will now be scared off and fled way into the bush !

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We slowed down to allow the dust to settle and started focusing on photographing frozen impala and frozen guinea fowl.

Soon the taller trees along the road made space for low shrubbery with the odd tree skeleton spread over the veld.

Lettie noticed three such dead trees lining up in an striking line and we stopped for a photo.

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Next moment a lioness popped out of the shrubs right by the nearest tree !

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Soon more, and more, and more lions could be seen moving through the shrubs and then emerging a little further up the road where the ones in the lead seem to linger to plan their next move.

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By now we had lost count of the number of lions moving into and through open spaces in the shrubs.
Twelve were seen entering the shrubs but it seems that more were already in the shrubs or had arrived from further in behind the shrubs.

Soon some started moving ahead through the open savannah along the road. The below mother and son were clearly on a mission that could only lead to an inevitable kill.

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Soon more . . . and more . . . and more lion were pouring onto the open veld and they looked more like a herd of impala. On the next photo eighteen lion can be counted with several more spread out too wide to be in the photo.

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We normally have poor luck in finding lion making this sighting one of the real WOW highlights
of our years of visiting Kruger !

Later that morning, back in Satara we were told that a pride [ rather a herd ] of 24 lion had been seen several times along the S100 - apparently there are also two magnificently maned males. We never saw the two of them, but we certainly saw a sight to behold that day !
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