Date: 18 August 2011 – Approximately 09:00
Place: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. On a game drive north of the Grootkolk wilderness camp (see map). On the left side of the road is a low ridge, and on the right side the wide, dry Nossob River bed with the savanna extending beyond it.
We were travelling a little way behind the first two vehicles in our group. Somebody in the front vehicle spotted the lioness up on the ridge. And then noticed that she had a little cub with her.
It is a very young cub. Somebody in the group later estimated it to be under a month old. I have no knowledge of lion cub development, but if anyone reading this can give a better estimate, please leave a comment.
The lioness, first having checked the situation close to the road, goes up to fetch her cub and encourages it to follow her.
After a while the little one makes its appearance.
The lioness then takes off walking at quite a speed. What was interesting to me is how large a distance she allowed to build up between her cub and herself. She seemed to be very sure there was no danger in the area.
Life is tough for a little lion! We lost sight of the lioness and her cub shortly after this.
Thank you to Heyns Kotze and Theo van Zyl for allowing me to use their photographs for this post. See individual photographs for credits.
The Kalahari 2011 Series:
- An oasis in the desert
- Take your camera to the bathroom (and other Kalahari safari tips)
- The Long Road North – Southern Cape to Upington
- The Long Road North – Upington
- Showing your kid where its food comes from
- Fierce Creatures
- Gemsbok Graphics
- The Long Road North – Upington to Twee Rivieren and beyond
- Campfire story: The Last Outpost
- Slip-Slap-Slop-Slide and other Bush Beauty Tips
- Hey Mom . . . wait for me! (this post)
- A tough customer
- Frenzy at the “water hole” – includes the movie
- The Camp Cat