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Re: Lion

Unread post by Crested Val » Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:45 pm

Seen near Letaba Dec 2010. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Lion

Unread post by Wild about cats » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:14 am

vgstephens, stunning photos :thumbs_up:
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Re: Lion

Unread post by 100ponder » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:22 am

December 2008 we found a troop of 12 lions along the dry riverbed some distance upstream from
Twee Rivieren. The pride was made-up of two adult male lions and a mix of adult females, young males just beginning to grow manes and "teenagers".

One of the adult males was very old but still in quite good condition with fat belly from his previous meal but, what was remarkable about him was that he had already lost all his teeth except for the four yellowed canines [ fangs ].

I attach a photo of this old king of the dunes where he was resting and panting in shade on a day that the temp hovered at 46C.

When we left them we could only wonder how much longer this old fellow still have left to meander amongst the dunes.

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Re: Lion

Unread post by G@mespotter » Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:54 pm

The s29, midday, close to Lower Sabie on X-mas day being the only car at the sighting which we enjoyed for 20 minutes.....

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Re: Lion

Unread post by adw » Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:18 pm

100ponder and G@mespotter, Great sightings and photos of these magnificent creatures. :clap: :clap:
I have not had any excitng sightings on the S29 but have always recognised the potential this road obviously has. :mrgreen: Maybe next time :hmz:
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Re: Lion

Unread post by adw » Sat Apr 16, 2011 11:38 am

I came across this mating pair of Lions on the S37 during January this year. She was the most aggressive Lioness I have ever seen. Even though he looked twice her size he was dominated by her. If you look on the third photo you will see a serious scratch which I am sure she inflicted!

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Re: Lion

Unread post by Richprins » Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:36 pm

Musketeers know what they want, and Angels too....story of our lives! :? :lol:

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Re: Lion

Unread post by Waruvile » Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:56 pm

africawildlife.nl wrote:Yes! Kruger is The NP to be when it's up to lions! We followed these lions on the H4-1 from Lower Sabie to Skukuza. And out of nothing at all, we saw this kill! It was so unexpected and beautiful. Hope you like it!


Err... I am quite new here and haven't visited SA/Kruger, but what are private cars doing in the park? I thought only Safari vehicles were allowed in national parks, just like in Kenya/Tanzania. Can someone explain? Because that just looks wrong with lots of modern private cars among the lions...

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Re: Lion

Unread post by FlorisCathy » Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:27 pm

Waruvile wrote:Err... I am quite new here and haven't visited SA/Kruger, but what are private cars doing in the park? I thought only Safari vehicles were allowed in national parks, just like in Kenya/Tanzania. Can someone explain? Because that just looks wrong with lots of modern private cars among the lions...

Nope, most people come to Kruger with their own (rental) car. But people have to be inside the gate from the restcamps after sunset en before sunrise. But you can arange a drive with a ranger. When you do that, the whole park is private place, because you wouldn't find private cars.
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Re: Lion

Unread post by Richprins » Sun May 01, 2011 5:50 pm

Weird, this!

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SWNMNBM and I were on the S-25 Croc River Road on Friday at around noon, and once again a big male next to the road. This was less than 10 km from my sighting on the previous page, nearer the Mlambane River, so I asked the other car that was there if there was a black-maned one too! The answer was yes, and I assumed it was the same bunch, although there was a third male present as well.

The above male seemed as weather-beaten as the previous sighting's pic, but when the black-maned one came out, it was in very good condition!


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So it seems there are two little coalitions of mature males in that area! :shock:

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Re: Unusual lion behaviour

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Tue May 10, 2011 9:01 am

Hi everyone :D

This thread which started in 2009 is still relevant to today! The large group of nomadic males now numbers 6 and they still cause havoc in the nwanetsi area!
I saw them attack a male this year at the start of April.

here is the link:
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Re: Coalition of 6 Males on S100

Unread post by katmal » Wed May 25, 2011 9:18 pm

Not sure if it is the same coalition but i know there is a male coalition that hunts elephants in Singita Lebombo concession and their territory might well include the eastern ends of the S100 and the H6. Would love to see them they are pure power!

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Re: Coalition of 6 Males on S100

Unread post by o-dog » Thu May 26, 2011 12:31 pm

LeeuBrul wrote:Currently there is a coalition of 6 males in the Olifants/Satara/Tshokwane area. Their territitory spans a massive 250 000ha at the "moment". I saw them in March on the S100 and again in April on the Nwanetzi tar road, close to Sonop waterhole. Has anybody see (a) coalition of 6 in this region of the park lately? Any update on them will be appreciated. Ill send some photos soon...



Hey LeeuBrul I dont think these can be the same lions dominating such a huge area, maybe there are another one or two groups of 6. There are plenty of other dominant males that I have seen in this area and if these guys are at Tshokwane one day it will take them a couple of weeks on average to get upto Olifants...doesnt make sense in terms of energy and also fathering cubs because they will just be killed by other males passing through.

Put it this way, the dominant coalition of the Sabi Sands a few years back which numbered 6 big males as well only utilized an area of about 400 km^2 at most but more like half of that and they had about 5-6 prides in their territory. As soon as they extended their territory they started getting competition from other males and one of the 6 males got killed by a group of 5 young males.

This area you have given them is about 10 x the size and is also in prime lion country as well!!
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Re: Coalition of 6 Males on S100

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Fri May 27, 2011 4:23 pm

SilverSpur wrote:That area is way to big, there will be many prides covering that.

the coalition operates in other prides territories. Read the other thread these 6 males are the lions that the nat geo wild documentary 'lion wars' is based on. They have fought with females and males around satara. Their territory disregards other lion territories.
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Re: Lion

Unread post by adw » Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:36 pm

During my May trip I came across these two young males huddled together in the early morning cold.(5 degrees). Taken close to the Nkaya Pan turnoff on the H1-3.

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