The Moment 20 Lions All Drink in Perfect Unison

September 17, 2017


Bernhard Bekker, from Private Kruger Safaris told the story:

"We saw the lions the previous evening late on  15 Aug 2017 on the
banks of the Sabie River about 4km from Lower Sabie towards Skukuza
Camp in the Kruger National Park just lying on the sand in the river
and they did not look like they wanted to go anywhere soon.
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So we decided to call it a day and return to camp. The next morning we
rushed to get to the spot where we last saw them and there was no sign
of the lions I was quite disappointed and so was our guests on the

Then we decided to go up the river and start our day looking for
Leopard about a half an hour later we returned towards the Lower Sabie
camp and suddenly out of nowhere we saw the lions appearing on the
"beach" out of the reeds and I saw 1 female heading towards the water
immediately I had a thought that they might drink but did not for one
moment think that this signing might turn out that it did.

And then the magic happened one by one these lions came down to the
water and filled in the gaps next to each other as they came in I
counted them and 19 appeared then at the last moment before the first
lioness raised her head the last baby to make the count a full 20
appeared and started to drink. WOW, what an amazing moment on safari
one to remember in 18 years I have not seen that ever a whole pride
drinking like this in full frontal view was unbelievable.

Our guest and we left the sighting in awe and was speechless back to the camp.

This will become a pride to be reckoned with in the Lower Sabie area
of Kruger National Park, South Africa they also have 5 large males
that is the dominant coalition so a sound and solid foundation is laid
for all these clubs to secure their survival I will be following them
for sure."


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