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Posts Tagged with: styx pride


Over the past week or so, we have seen the return of the infamous, and sometimes elusive, Styx lionesses and their youngsters. We had some epic sightings, managing to watch them twice on a kill – just missing by mere seconds seeing them bring down a young zebra. We did, however, hear the commotion right   

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Styx lions

These are exciting times as the Styx pride continues to grow. Two of the Styx lionesses have given birth to beautiful cubs. We are almost certain that the 3rd female will also be giving birth soon. So far we’ve only managed to see one of the female’s litter, which consists of three males and one   

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Styx-cubs-&-mom

The fresh part of the morning was over, and the cool drainage lines were warming up nicely on the banks. We had viewed the Styx female lions enter the den site, and decided to hang around at a pan close by in the hope that they might bring out their youngsters for a bit of   

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Styx Lioness

Styx Lioness Still no lions, and everyone was anxious to find the big cats. We worked our way east and enjoyed the crisp morning air in the company of giraffe, wildebeest, kudu, nyala and three old buffalo bulls. Around mid-drive, the lions were located. Excitement mounted as we realised that they were very close to   

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Super moon - Robin Hester

Super moon – Robin Hester Sunday This morning we headed straight to where the Styx pride were with their buffalo kill. We didn’t find them on the kill – they were lying near the small waterhole off the airstrip where they had obviously gone to drink. All of the lions were resting, when one of   

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Misty morning sunrise - Robin Hester

Misty morning sunrise – Robin Hester Sunday We headed on drive this beautiful morning and we stopped on a big open area, enjoying the sunrise. There were a number of lion tracks about, so we decided to follow them. After 15 minutes of tracking, we came upon the lions – it was the Styx pride,   

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Elephants at the waterhole

Elephants at the waterhole – Robin Hester Sunday We tracked the Fourways pride this morning and found them on the move in new and unfamiliar territory. Because they have never been so far west before, we believed that the three young males were being pushed, either by another pride or, more likely, by the Mtimbas.   

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Elephant at sunrise - Robin Hester

Elephant at sunrise – Robin Hester Sunday This Morning we came across the male leopard, Mvula on patrol, and then noticed Xivambalana, a younger male leopard, trailing him. Then, on closer inspection we saw a third leopard! It was Ntima, the leopardess. Xivambalana eventually lost interest in Mvula, and took a keen interest in Ntima.   

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The sun rises higher in the sky - Ryan Johnston

Sunrise – Ryan Johnston I awoke with an empty feeling in my stomach. I knew it would be the last time that I would drive out into the Northern Sabi Sands. I got some consolation from the fact that the sunrise was awesome, which is common for this time of the year, but other than   

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Image by Robin Hester

Image by Robin Hester Sunday This morning while looking for cats we came across a large herd of elephants. We also discovered a dead kudu bull with a couple of hyenas feeding on it. We were watching them when one of our dominant male leopards, Tingana, appeared out of nowhere and began cautiously observing the   

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