Just before closing time
January 26 2014

On the 22nd January we found the Ngamo pride lazing away the morning in the Tree Tops area. The pride have been spending hours on end in this acacia scrub area of Ngamo recently, perhaps in hopes of finding an impala or two who favor browsing in the area. 

Following the recent downpours and flooding however, Ngamo has been transformed into the Emerald City and the impala have been indulging themselves on the freshly grown green shoots of the Etosha and Amboseli areas.

Impala

By late afternoon the pride rose to their paws and began to slowly meander their way south into the Kruger area and eventually into Etosha. During the summer months our research team adjust their research session times to make the most of the light summer evenings and although reaching 6:30pm the research team continued to follow the lions in the fading light.

After the pride settled in for mid-stroll rest the team decided it was near closing time for the day’s research and time to head back to camp before nightfall. Just as the final lock was secured on their way out an almighty ruckus was heard from the Etosha area. The team quickly spun on their heels and headed back into Ngamo to find the pride on a fresh sub-adult impala kill.

Ngamo lion pride on impala kill

At approximately 35kgs there was little to go around and after a brief squabble it seemed Phyre, Kenge, AT1, Ashanti and AS5 took the lion’s share.

The following day, and obviously with a taste for impala still in their mouths, the team watched KE4 and AT1 lead the lionesses into another impala hunt in Etosha.

KE4

KE4

It appeared luck was on the lion’s side as a young impala ram separated himself from the herd and headed directly towards KE4, however there was an overwhelming 40-50m open gap for the young hunter to cross, with no cover. Lions will often not give chase to any prey unless they are within c. 30m and in broad daylight this stretch of open grassland was a serious challenge. Unfortunately the impala got the better of the lions as they moved further away and out of reach. 

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