by Janice
(Cape Town)

Lions near Orpen Camp

Lions near Orpen Camp

We have been visiting the Kruger Park on and off for about eight years and we have had only a few lion sightings that have not been great. Some were very far off so photos were not good and others were sitting under a tree in the shade, so when we came across these two young males in the road there was much excitement!

We had left Orpen Camp and were trying to decide whether to go down to Lower Sabie via the tar road or the dirt road. We decided on the dirt road and as you can see, this was the correct choice!

The two males were startled by our arrival - as you can see from their faces - and then they allowed us to photograph them for about fifty minutes, until other cars started to arrive and they disappeared into the bush, in typical lion fashion.

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Sep 15, 2011
Approaching lions on the side of the road
by: Peter


Lovely pic. However you obviously came in too fast and under power and were extremely lucky these 2 guys didn't disappear to Mocambique!

Best is if you see lions up ahead speed up and SWITCH OFF and free-wheel towards the cats and at about 35 metres turn sideways 45 degrees to give everyone a view and stop and take pics. If you are downhill what a bonus...then you can drift further to draw up closer ONCE you have got their confidence...5-10 mins after the signs.

I use this technique all the time and get amazing pics. I usually handhold the 70-200 and use a 10 kg bean bag with the 200-400 from a vehicle but if the cats allow you to draw alongside...24-70 is killer.

Sep 15, 2011
It pays to get out early!
by: Grant

Two lovely young male lions - very nice sighting and a nice picture too!

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