A few weeks ago, while at Mwamba with three guests, we were at the end of our morning game drive, slowly making our way back to camp, when we got a call in from our staff in camp saying that a few lions had been spotted at the hide, following a big herd of buffalos.
We decided to head straight back to camp, and tried to locate the lions, without much luck. We saw the buffalos, but the lions had gone! They had in fact changed their mind, and had walked away from the herd of buffalos to head towards one of the water holes near camp. We finally came across them, but it was deep in the thicket.
We almost gave up, but I thought I would give it one more try by repositioning the vehicle on the other side of that dense bush, where I thought they might come out, to drink. It’s on a little plain, just next to what we call the Last Waterhole.
We drove in and a few impalas wandered off. One went straight towards the thicket where we expected the lions to come out from.
Sure enough, a minute or so later, we heard one alarm call immediately followed by an impala bursting out of the bush. It was chased very closely by one lioness who caught up with the impala in a couple of leaps, and we all knew that it would be the end of the impala. The rest of the pride, another 7 lions, joined the lioness and a loud and furious battle followed – lions have no mercy for each other when it comes to sharing food. The meal was consumed in about 6 minutes.
Two young males decided to play “tug-of-war” with the skull, and wouldn’t give up for a good 10 minutes or so.
It was one of the best “kill” sightings I have seen, so quick, so clean and so amazingly loud. You won’t get the audio, but here are a few pictures taken by Izzy.