Lion attacks leopard, video


Thisvideo from South Africa says about itself:

19 October 2016

This is the intense moment caught on film of a bold lion sneaking up on an unsuspecting leopard having a nap.

Matthew Poole (26), a professional guide at Kirkman’s Camp in the Sabi Sands, watched this exciting scene play itself out right before him and his excited guests.

“By far the rarest sighting in my guiding career!” Matthew told us.

Matthew continued: “On October 04th 2016, we had started our game drive in search of leopard.

After hearing a male leopard had been found we all got excited and headed into the area.

The male leopard started to walk along the banks of the Sand river scent marking all the way. It was at this moment we noticed the male lion lying in the river on the opposite bank.

I said to my guests ‘Can you imagine if these 2 dominant males came together’. It seemed as if my words weren’t cold because shortly after that the male leopard went to sleep and the lion started to stalk him from the other side of the river.”

Matthew stated that he had mixed emotions as this sighting started to unfold.

There was a lot of excitement and nerves building as the male lion started to stalk from across the Sand River.

As the lion got closer to the leopard, Matthew realized that if he caught the leopard, then he would potentially kill it. “At this point I started to warn my guests about what could happen.” But, before they knew it, the lion was right below the sleeping leopard!

Fortunately, the lion didn’t kill the leopard, but the sneaky lion scared the living daylights out of the leopard.

“The lion drove the leopard into a Leadwood tree on the river bank and then had a drink and moved off out of the area”.

Karoo prinia in South Africa


This video says about itself:

28 September 2016

Video, photos and the call of the Karoo Prinia, Port Alfred, South Africa.

Lions bite hippo, hippo bites car


This video from South Africa says about itself:

Hippo Bites Land Rover As Lions Attack

3 November 2016

A bit more about the sighting:

In this video it is incredible to see how a pride of lion attempt to take down a fully grown hippopotamus. Watch how the hippo turns to take its frustration out on a nearby vehicle.

25 year old, Dean Grant, works in the construction industry as a Finance and Operations Manager but during his off-time, he decided to head off to the Kruger National Park with his family.

“Having visited game parks on many family holidays growing up, we had never seen anything like this. We told many rangers about our experience none of which had ever heard of such a thing and said if they had been asked “would lion ever attack a hippo?”, they would have said no.

We saw the attack quite early in the morning. We had driven into the park from Mjejane as soon as the gates were open. We decided to go west along the river to start our drive. All our eyes were peeled, we were feeling fresh and excited searching the bush in anticipation, not knowing what our first big spot of the day would be. We were really hoping to see some cats as we had yet to tick those off our lists. We hardly expected to see a pride of 8 females and some teenage cubs in full attack mode right in front of us.

The initial sighting of the lions, full of energy, sparked excitement. This was followed by a feeling of sorrow for the poor old hippo who didn’t stand much chance against the lion pride.

Horror, when the thought of how much pain and stress the hippo was in and to see the hippo’s eyes realise imminent death.

However, as this is an event of life taking its course, I felt a sense of respect for the lion pride’s hard work and determination to make their next big kill to feed the pride. A feeling of uncertainty also made an appearance as the hippo made a move towards the river, “Was the hippo maybe going to make a great escape and get itself down to the river?”. It was a moment for which I will always feel privileged to have witnessed this scene unwind.

The sighting ended when the hippo made its way down into a ditch off the road just out of sight. The lions where now taking turns at attacking the hippo and getting through its tough skin while the others lay up the hill in the shade panting and taking small naps.

Knowing that the hippo’s chances were now over they were no longer in a rush. We watched the exhausted lions for a while before driving off feeling very privileged. We returned later that afternoon to find the lions passed out and very full from their well-deserved meal.”

Baby elephant playing, video


This video from South Africa says about itself:

Baby Elephant‘s Piggy Back Ride Goes Adorably Wrong

27 October 2016

Baby Ellies just want to have fun….

The animal kingdom in all its majesty can also bring about light hearted family moments as you can see when this young elephant was playing around with a fellow member and took an unexpected tumble.

Watch this funny moment captured on a trip to Addo Elephant Park by 50 year old train driver, Thys Pretorius.

“We were standing still at a dam in Addo just watching the elephants bathing and playing around. You could see there was so much joy and excitement amongst the herd. I was just loving sitting there and watching them all have fun.

Suddenly my eye caught a boisterous young calf trying to climb on top of another sibling. All was going well but then the next moment he underestimated his push off the ground and took a roll right off the other youngster.

After that the herd just started moving on as if nothing had happened.

It was a really sweet and funny moment and I’m so glad I got it captured on film. This really made my day.”

Lions mating next to road, video


This video says about itself:

3 October 2016

Amazing video of 2 lions mating right next to the road.

Taken in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Grey-headed bush shrike in South Africa


This video says about itself:

31 August 2016

Video, photos and audio of the Grey Headed Bush Shrike, Port Alfred, South Africa.

Very close African elephant encounter


This video from South Africa says about itself:

Extremely Close Elephant Encounter

Silence is most definitely golden when it comes to being so up close and personal with this incredible giant tusker….

Eswe Ras, Front of House manager for Sausage Tree Safari Camp, on the Balule Private Game Reserve, was lucky enough to have experienced this heart pounding encounter with such a majestic animal.

Eswe is a qualified guide and occasionally does the tracking on game drives (as per this incident).

“This was a unique experience for me, but occasionally trackers do get approached by various animals out of curiosity.”

This happened in February 2016 shortly after we departed for the afternoon drive from camp. We approached a small group of elephant bulls and parked about 30 metres away from them, respecting their space. They gradually started moving closer to us, this is when Ezulwini (the elephant bull) approached the vehicle to pass on by. As seen on the video he came towards me and stood in front of me (what is not seen on the video is that he put his trunk around my one ankle, smelling me) for a few seconds. Our head guide Kevin van der Linde was filming the incident.

It was certainly quite intimidating having such a huge animal so close to you & touching you but I never felt that I was in any danger. Ezulwini is an elephant well-known to guides & trackers here on Balule and he is a very gentle-natured animal. The feeling I think would best be described as complete awe and definitely an adrenalin rush.”

After Ezulwini’s curiosity faded, he simply moved off and resumed feeding along with the other bulls.