Lioness hunting blue wildebeest

by Dustin Van Helsdingen
(Rustenburg)


Friday, 3 April 2015, my wife,son and I have been spending time in Pilanesberg National Park since 06:00. The morning provided us with special sightings including the famous Amarula (bull elephant) and a lion pride which included two males, two females and two cubs at Rathlogo Dam hide.

At around 15:00 we were driving towards Thlware Loop and on our way there, I decided to take a detour through Hippo Loop next to Mankwe Dam. What a decision this turned out to be........
At first I only saw the herd of blue wildebeest and just as we were about to leave; movement and silhouette in grass right in front of us. A lioness stalking the herd and only her ears sticking out. I got ready with my camera while my wife got ready to take a video (with cellphone). Our hearts were racing in anticipation of what was about to happen.
Like a bullet she jumped and ran towards the herd, in a matter of seconds the experience was something of the past.
She was unsuccessful in the end, but it was still an unforgettable experience, during which I managed to get some great photos like this one.

Comments for Lioness hunting blue wildebeest

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Apr 26, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
thanks all
by: Anonymous

Thanks for all the feedback.Yes we are blessed to be so close to this wonderful place

Apr 26, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Nice one!
by: Simon P Carter

I see you stay in Rustenberg - must be great to live that close to the park!

Apr 14, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Awesome
by: Jennifer

What an awesome picture Dustin and thanks for sharing you story with us - it's great to see what amazing sightings other guests are experiencing in the park!

Truly a wonderful sighting, thank you.

Apr 13, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
The lake makes the image
by: Oscar

It's so nice seeing the water in the background instead of just grass.

Apr 13, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Very cool image...
by: Neil

...the grass looks long so well done on getting her with no grass in front of her face!

Apr 13, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Thanks
by: Dustin

Good morning all.Thanks for the positive feedback and comments,it is appreciated.

Apr 12, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Lovely capture!
by: Lynn

I love the lioness's focused look!

Apr 12, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
I think it's more right place, right time & ready!!
by: Mario

Many people are in the perfect spot but they botch the image so well done on getting a great image Dustin!

Apr 12, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Right place and right time!
by: Wayne

I didn't realise that there was so much to see around Mankwe - will spend more time there in future!

Apr 12, 2015
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Nice shot!
by: Alan

Must have been quite an experience having her erupt from the grass like that!

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Share Your interesting Pilanesberg story with us!.

"Having a passion for the region myself and having had to learn about all the dynamics, waterholes and ideal routes to drive over a period of 6 years - I wish I had this guide on my first trip already!" - Morkel Erasmus, Secunda, South Africa

"Mario and Jenny take you to spots that are not always visited, and their descriptions of the more remote camps will allow you to make an informed decision without wasting time and money" - Bob & Sherry Shepardson, DeBary, Florida, USA

"Your time and money are valuable and the information in this book will help you save both." - Don Stilton, Florida, USA

"I highly recommend the book to anyone visiting Etosha National Park to photograph the animals - or anyone considering an African photography safari in the future." - Anne Darling, Cognac, France

"As a photographer and someone who has visited and taken photographs in the Pilanesberg National Park, I can safely say that with the knowledge gained from this eBook, your experiences and photographs will be much more memorable." - Alastair Stewart, B C, Canada

"This work is so much more than an eBook, because it is also a guide, a tutorial, an inspiration and a must-have for anyone interested in wildlife photography" - Findtripinfo.com, USA