No one would have ever thought of finding 2 lion prides right at our doorstep this morning.
This was the case when the trackers informed us whilst we were having tea and coffee on the game viewing deck. A pride of lions were in the camp.
We got the guests quickly to the vehicles and within 30 seconds of leaving the camp we found the Machattan pride at the camps entrance. An unknown pride was also in the area and immediately I new that a fight was immanent.
Myself and Cynet got our Land Rovers into position as the second youngest lioness of the Machattan pride stalked with an aggressive intent a large female from the unknown pride.
The Machattan lionesses have always been spirited and in seconds the two lioness climbed into each other. A short but intense fight followed.
The action was then further doubled as one of the Timbavati male lions that have been moving with the Machattan pride also attacked the single lioness whilst the rest of her pride ran for cover.
She had no choice but to defend herself and her dignity.
As the male approached rapidly, the lioness in a defensive manner threw the first punch (paw). He ducked to avoid her razor sharp claws and it was then that she got a gap to escape from the attack. She moved with lighting speed between the two game drive vehicles and ran off not once looking back. She was found 10 minutes later crossing the western boundary as the Machattan pride advertised vocally by roaring that they are Kings Camp’s legendary pride.