South Luangwa NP is famous for its large prides of lions and for the large herds of buffalos, up to 500 or so individuals in one herd, found in the areas around Lion Plains near Kaingo Camp and Mwamba Bush Camp.
Buffalos are the prey of choice for lions. Plenty to feed a pride of 15 to 20 lions. But a meal doesn’t come without a fight, and buffalos will not give up easily, they can easily injure attacking lions, and when one member of the herd is targeted, the rest of the herd usually retaliates.
It is at the peak of the dry season, from August to October, that we have the best chance of witnessing one of those ferocious battle. And there is no better vantage point then from the game drive vehicle.
A truly unforgettable sight.
You can see the video montage here. This sighting didn’t end with the death of the buffalo. A rival male lion took the risk of adventuring in the Mwamba-Kaingo territory, and was rapidly chased off by one of the two Mwamba males.