Morning Drink Stop

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The Thanda North Pride stopped for a morning drink at a small dam on the savanna area. The cubs are now almost a year old and their aunts and uncles almost two, but all of them were very playful this morning. A great sighting!

Romeo and Juliet

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The guests on my vehicle thought it was a bit like Romeo and Juliet, the Montgues and the Capulets.

One of our Lionesses had split away from the pride and was obviously looking for a mate. But the perfectly good dominant male Lion provided by the Thanda management was not of her choosing!

She had an eye on one of the male Lions on the neighboring property. After she roared for a while he came to the fence and then walked up and down with her for a while.

But, as in the Shakespeare play, “a happy end” was not possible and after a while both of them went their own way.

Our Lioness re-joined her own pride the next day and looked again content in her familiar surroundings. And … as we have a lot of Lions already … it was a good thing that she did not mate at this stage!

A good stretch!

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If one gets up at 6:30 in the morning a good stretch is in order.

Well, the dominant male Lion on Thanda Private Game Reserve thought so, too.

Before he started for his morning walk he got himself aligned for the day 🙂

Ears!

I love the back-light ears on this little Baboon!

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Pride Rock

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Thanda’s Lions have their own pride rock 🙂

In the late afternoon two Thanda North Pride youngsters were overlooking the northern part of Thanda with the Lebombo Mountains in the background.

We often stop at this beautiful spot with our guests for a drink stop at dusk. Needless to say on this day we went to an alternate location 🙂

Have a good weekend!