Lion encounter while on foot

by Marc de Chalain
(Hillcrest KZN)


We recently did the Sand River Bush Camp in the Kruger. Basically this involves a day where the party, guided by two Honorary Rangers, walks in the morning and drives late in the day into the evening. It was our second time here.


This time, on our second days walk, we had a really great time on foot, seeing a sable bull, rhino bull and mother and calf as well as a buffalo herd. We were walking when the ranger suddenly said there were lion and indicated to stay closely grouped and he then began running. Suddenly we were aware that a lion and lioness were running right towards us. We were told to get down behind a koppie and then the ranger shouted.

The male reared up and growled and then turned away while the female, who had just caught a baby warthog, turned into the river bed. I was able to snap a few pics before they left. Not wanting to disturb them as she had dropped the still alive warthog, after high fives all round, we left to have a nearby rest and snack, leaving them to retrieve the warthog. What a total treat. This was not all we saw. We also saw wild dogs and an elephant interaction with wild dogs and a wild dog kill. Some camp indeed!

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Apr 22, 2016
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Cool pic and experience
by: Henk

i know how you feel - we were also walking in the Kruger and had a rhino run across our path - about 70 meters in front of us so not a serious threat - but the guides acted as though we were being attacked!

Mar 29, 2016
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Some more please
by: Jennifer

Wow Marc sounds like you guys had an awesome time, love the pic! I hope to read more of your stories and see some more pics.

Mar 28, 2016
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Thanks
by: Anonymous

Thanks to those who commented. This could have been more pics but the guide got in front of me as the male lion ran towards us. All happened very quickly. I have the male running away.

Mar 28, 2016
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Nice one!!
by: mario

Thanks for sharing Marc and glad you got a good image too! (We were surprised by a white rhino on a Kruger walk and the guides and guests panicked so there were bodies running in all directions hence I wasn't able to get any decent pics)

Mar 27, 2016
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Wow - great experience!
by: Yvonne

Super pic too!

Mar 27, 2016
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Exciting stuff!
by: Lionel

The closest we have come to lions on a walk was seeing old footprints in the sand! Thanks for sharing

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