This past May, I traversed Hwange Park from East to West and had a trip that was simply “A meeting of all the lion prides”! From sighting the Ngamo pride including Tengwani and Nqkwele (his brother is Butch) on the plains, seeing Stumpy and her pride of 5 around Davison’s. Continuing through the park to the west and sighting two prides at Camp Hwange, including Voosie. The finale sighting was Bhubezi near Somalisa (part of the Cecil clan).
# 5 – Davison’s
The limbs are moving on the acacia as a troop of baboons descend A juvenile elephant sprints by trumpeting with false bravado Ahead in the plains is a lone buffalo And the flames of the campfire merge with the setting sun rays
Early the next morning we depart in a cloud of frigid mist A sighting of the lioness out front and soon, in the wave of grasses Two bodies bound across the road with a backdrop of soft light Winter is here and the pride is on the move
Within the forest of rich Zambezi teak there are glimpses The regal sable, a journey of giraffe, handsome kudu and What luck! A pack of wild dog on their evening hunt Filled in with several elephant herds knocking down seed pods
Building up to our goal – replacing a collar on Nkwele the lioness The lion research team of Janet and Bob were diligent Calling in both the lioness and young male A dramatic snarl, clash and swat followed by a peaceful sleep
Success – a brand new necklace on the wandering lady
#4 Camp Hwange
#1 Little Makalalo
During the week stay of “A meeting with all the lions prides”, I was guided by the Themba “buzz” at Davison’s, Little Makalolo and Linkwasha camps. Dave Carson “always looking for another lion” at Camp Hwange and Hwange Bush Camp, the iconic Nic Polenakis at Somalisa and “Mr” Dardley at Khulu. Thank you to every one for the amazing time in Zimbabwe!