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Lions being harassed by Hyenas

They have forever been mortal enemies and never shirk the chance of a confrontation if they feel that the numbers were in their favour.

This particular afternoon I left Nossob camp in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and made my way north, stopping at the first waterhole. I waited for 30mins and nothing moved in the searing heat. I decided to drive further north to the Kwang Waterhole, and parked up in the shade. I was the only vehicle there and I noticed 2 young male lions on a carcass. They were too far for the 500mm even with a 2x converter, so I just watched and waited.

Suddenly from the right, 7 Hyenas appeared and made a bee-line to the 2 males, with a lot of snarling and cackling from the Hyenas, the Lions took flight and headed towards the Waterhole and right into the reach of my camera.


Lion hyena - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The first male left the hyenas and wandered on towards the waterhole. This is the second male, who was keen on seeing off the intruders

Lion hyena - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Three of the Hyenas left the carcass and followed the first male. The other 4 carried on eating

Lion hyena - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The first male turned around to face the 3 hyenas that were tailing him. Their nervous cackling continuing throughout

Lion hyena - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

He was clearly not up for the fight and turned and continued walking


Meanwhile the second male started stalk the hyenas that were now between him and his brother

Lion hyena - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

They continued to follow the first male

Lion hyena - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

With the male in full flight, the hyenas split up and ran.

Lion hyena - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

With the pesky hyena off his tail, he calmly came to drink

Lion hyena - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

As if nothing had happened

Lion hyena - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Final check to make sure the Hyenas were not tailing them.

March 22, 2012 - 7:11 pm

Grant Atkinson - Nice story, especially enjoyed image no 4 from the top…

April 2, 2012 - 3:52 pm

Morkel Erasmus - Great sighting Wayne, gotta love it when the Kgalagadi works its magic. I also like the 4th image from the top the most.

April 2, 2012 - 6:15 pm

Wayne - Cheers for stopping by Grant. Kgalagadi is a spectacular place

April 2, 2012 - 6:16 pm

Wayne - Hey Morkel. It is a fantastic place. Cannot believe that I have only been once.

April 24, 2012 - 8:40 pm

Anette Mossbacher - You have been lucky. I have never been yet to the Kgalagadi yet. It is on the list for next year around Easter. Hope it works out.
I really do love your first and the second last image. Just wonderful.
Ciao Anette

April 25, 2012 - 7:44 pm

Wayne - Thanks Anette. Hope you make it.
it is truly a magical place and a haven for some of the best predators.

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