Young lions in the Kgalagadi
Summer isn’t here yet, but in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park things are already hotting up. You can imagine my excitement when we came across a pride of seven lions, all youngsters, doing what lions do best – very little at all.
It was around 07:30 in the morning when we drove up to Kij Kij from Twee Rivieren. We had already seen a Verreaux’s eagle-owl so our day was off to a good start. As we approached the turn-off we noticed six vehicles pulled up around the intersection. This was a promising sign!
To our left was a large tree and below it wildlife photographer Hannes Lochner was stationed. I was scanning the area around him but couldn’t see anything when my parents told me to look right. There they were: three young lions in prime condition.
As I was watching, more lions started appearing and they leisurely crossed the road around our vehicle. A couple of them must have found this exhausting because they flopped down near our car.
Lions reportedly rest for around 20 hours a day and these youngsters were fully committed to the cause of lazing about. There were several yawns, but none of the big cats nodded off. They seem content to bask in the sun – and the attention of park visitors who couldn’t believe their luck. Eventually they got up and disappeared over a red dune.
Camera equipment: Canon 30D and Sigma 50-500 lens (hardly necessary as the lions were so close)
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