Autumn Adventure – Boys will be boys, even if they’re lions

Early into the third morning of our latest visit to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, we happened upon a pride of lions on the bank of the Hluhluwe River at a spot called Sitezi. Most members of the pride quickly walked past, but at the rear of the family were three teenage males with boundless energy! They had great fun, and so were we watching them with cameras clicking away.

21 thoughts on “Autumn Adventure – Boys will be boys, even if they’re lions

  1. photobyjohnbo

    Coincidentally, this week I watched “The Old Man and the Sea”, a movie released in 1958 with Spencer Tracy. In the movie, it depicts the old man’s dreams of Africa and the lions playing. The images in the movie are not unlike the images in your photos here.
    A quote from Hemingway’s book: ”He no longer dreamed of storms, nor of women, nor of great occurrences, nor of great fish, nor fights, nor contests of strength, nor of his wife. He only dreamed of places now and of the lions on the beach. They played like young cats in the dusk and he loved them as he loved the boy.”
    One discrepancy, the lions in the movie, like in your photos, were not on the beach.

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  2. Anne

    Lions are so much more interesting to see when they are actually doing something other than lying belly-up in the grass. This looks like a fun interaction between them.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      So very true, Anne, and we’re lucky we arrived on the scene when we did. The golden light of the early morning was just beautiful and the cats still up and alert. Later in the morning we found them again and they were just lying in the reeds, almost invisible.

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  3. H.J. for avian101

    They enjoy their youth and to think that they will eventually become powerful creatures. Thanks so much, D. and Joubert. πŸ™‚

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      While these boys are still young at heart they’ve definitely got a considerable weight advantage already and would do serious harm to prey – and people – if they jumped onto it like this!

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