The Xirombe Pride males were in top form today. Glass and I tracked them down with guests this morning and when we spotted three males from a distance nothing could have prepared us for what we’d discover when we arrived in the Land Rover.
All five pride males, as well as two females and their two cubs, were present. One of the lionesses was on heat and it appeared to be driving the male lions crazy. The dominant male, who we recognised due to the scar on his left eye, had spent the last five days in the company of the two females and he had no intention of sharing his family with his brothers. He very clearly made his voice heard and the fight that ensued was a once in a lifetime experience.
Images and words courtesy of Singita Lebombo guide, Marlon du Toit.