There was much excitement last year October when three new lion cubs were born on the reserve. Their mum moved them around to several den sites to keep them safe from any predators which limited our opportunity to spot them. We have since been following their progress and now that they are getting older, they bravely venture out to explore the reserve with their mum treating us to many sightings which make our game drives that much more exciting.
The male cub is a curious young lion and often comes close to the game viewer to investigate – giving our visitors a quick moment to take a photo. The two female cubs are sometimes shy and prefer to stay close to their mum.
We have also been tracking the paw prints of the two male brothers on the reserve who are of the same pride as these young cubs. They spend their days patrolling their territory which ranges from the waterfall in the north all the way to Nambiti Hills region in the south of the reserve – all within a single day.
They often stop to visit their mother and sibling cubs and on one afternoon we got to see the family together. We watched fascinated as they interacted with each other. The male cub became very excited with play fighting with his older brother who in turn made a point of putting him in his place. Afterwards, they made their way past our vehicles giving us a chance to take some pictures before they disappeared into a nearby gorge.
It’s always exciting watching this particular pride as they explore their new surroundings together.
Big brother & younger cub
Mum & her 3 cubs