For as long as man has walked the earth no other animal has been more admired by humans than the King of the bush, the Lion.
We fear them. We respect them. We are fascinated by them. They are the ultimate predator. Natural hunters that keep the circle of life alive.
They are the one species that all safari guests wants to see….
On a recent game drive I found this massive male. In Madikwe he is known as “Monomogolo”. He keeps territory to the North of the park, west of the main road that leads from Derdepoort Gate, south towards Ambush Alley.
We found him lying in the shade of an acacia thicket and he was doing what lions do best…sleeping. Lions are masters at being lazy. Up to 18 hours a day can be spent “lioning” around.
He looked up at us and started to groom himself. It at least made for a more interesting sighting than the normal “Flat Cat” ones, as we guides call it when they just lie there sleeping.
Then something special happened…
Monomogolo lifted his head. And the King of the bush spoke…
As he roars you can feel the power. The sound rips through your body and soul. It makes you humble and you know how vulnerable we really are as humans in this vast African bush.
The bush became silent.
The King had spoken and all had heard…
Words and video by Field Guide Gerhard Pieters