The Mwamba-Kaingo Pride Meet Their Match
After setting out on our afternoon safari we headed towards the Luangwa River. Once we arrived something caught our attention, a massive dust cloud further downstream. It had to be the massive buffalo herd, we had seen that morning, coming down for a drink. We decided to get closer and watch the herd of 500+ members approach the river for a drink.
As we approached the herd of buffalo we noticed that upon the river bank, lying in wait patiently, was the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride. This pride of lions are expert buffalo hunters and on this day we had 15 lions that just couldn’t wait for the buffalo to arrive.
The buffalo made their descent down the steep river bank towards the water in the hopes that they would soon quench their thirst. The herd were rudely interrupted by one of the dominant male lions from the pride, one of three brothers known as the Numbu Boys. The buffalo retreated just a short distance as the rest of the lion pride moved closer to launch their attack. The 500+ plus buffalo regrouped and with their old strong males in front charged the lions with no sign of fear. One buffalo made full contact with the Numbu Boy and sent him flying. After this short burst of bravery, the buffalo quickly made their way back up the river bank to secure the higher ground.
The lions gave chase and once they caught up with the buffalo a surprise was waiting. In order for lions to bring down a buffalo, they need to separate an individual away from the herd. On this day the buffalo stood together and directly faced the lions in a battle of wits. As long as they all stood together and didn’t run away in a panic they could win this fight. The Mwamba-Kaingo Pride also knew they just needed to wear down the buffalo until they decided to run and so an epic face-off began.
Both sides were charging forwards and retreating at the last moment. For 30 minutes we watched this game of cat and mouse. The lions were taking strain from the ordeal and eventually decided to cut their losses and get out before the buffalo did any serious damage. The Buffalo being victorious made their way further inland to find a remaining pool of water and the herd got to finally quench their thirst after surviving the ordeal of the Mwamba-Kaingo Pride.