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Behind the scenes – and sounds – of lion tracking

One morning, all of the guests at Marataba Safari Lodge woke up to the sound of lion vocalisations. The impressive sound, which started at a distance, continued to get louder, indicating that the lions were moving closer. While my guests and I were having morning coffee, we tracked the audible movements carefully, hoping to go …
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Uninterrupted Bliss While Watching Lion Cubs

The guests on my vehicle were a small but varied group. One lady has been living in Africa for eleven years and has travelled to many lodges and reserves throughout the region. Her friend of over 30 years was visiting her from their homeland of Switzerland with her 9 year old son. We had a …
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A Lion Kill With Many Twists

After a great afternoon drive in the north-eastern section of the reserve, my guests and I came across a lion and a lioness about 300 metres from the lodge. They were moving west, and we only had a brief visual as they were crossing the road, but something told me that we would be seeing …
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The Pitter-Patter of New Paws

We first suspected that our resident lion pride’s next generation of cubs would be on the way about six months ago, when one of the adult lionesses was seen mating on numerous occasions. Her male cub was coming into his independence and she, having gone back into estrous, began nudging him out of the pride. …
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Wildlife blog: A rare lion behaviour sighting captured at Marataba Safari Lodge

It was during a crisp early morning drive, with the morning light just breaking and the radio buzzing with excited Field Guide chatter, that we heard it – an unmistakable loud roar… In the golden light on an open plateau framed by the magnificent mountains we finally saw what all the commotion was about. It …
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Lions playing at Marataba
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Lions playing at Marataba

Photographing lions was the hope and wish of a group of guests that had arrived at Marataba. Luckily, the lions were being cooperative and gave away their location by roaring just as dawn was approaching. Field Guide Adriaan Mulder and his guests set off in the direction of the calls. To the guests’ delight, they …
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Lion cubs learning to hunt

Lion cubs learning to hunt at Marataba

On safari, seeing a lion make a kill is highly sought after but not at all common. Even more rare is to witness a successful hunting lesson. Last month, our guests had a very special sighting of lions teaching their cubs to hunt. That morning, the first guests set out from the lodge around 6am. …
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Hyenas chase lions off of a kill

There are few animals who would dare challenge a pride of lions, but then again, there are few animals as bold as the hyena. Lions and hyenas are said to be eternal enemies, and when they come into contact, conflict ensues. For this reason, they avoid each other unless the stakes are high enough – …
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Sunrise with the Central Pride

Sunrise with the Central Pride

One of the most exciting parts of sleeping in the bush is listening to the sounds of nocturnal life. While many are unfamiliar, there is one that is unmistakable – a lion’s roar. Over the last week, we’ve had lions in the vicinity of the lodge and have been treated to that thunderous audio on …
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Central Pride make five kills in four days

Marataba’s Central Pride make five kills in four days!

Despite their size and strength, lions are surprisingly one of Africa’s least successful hunters. In fact, fewer than 40% of their attempts will result in a kill. The reason for this is because they are more opportunistic than strategic in their hunting style. If their prey passes close enough, a lion will most likely attempt …
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