lions
Latest Sightings.
  • A pride of 20 lions recently made their way down to the Sand river in the Greater Kruger Park.
  • They lined up perfectly to drink from the river.
  • The footage was captured by Nadav Ossendryver, founder and CEO of Latest Sightings
  • For more stories visit Business Insider South Africa.

A pride of 20 lions recently made their way down to the Sand river in the Greater Kruger Park – and lined up perfectly to drink water. 

The footage was captured by Nadav Ossendryver, founder and CEO of Latest Sightings, which shares videos captured by visitors to South Africa's game reserves. 

Ossendryver says the spectacular moment was caught while on a filming trip to MalaMala Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park. 

“This particular morning’s drive was quiet. We had found many fresh leopard tracks, but sadly no leopards. With luck not on our side with the leopards, we decided to head back to camp and call it a wrap. While on our way back, maybe 500m from the camp, we spotted a herd of elephants swimming and drinking in the Sand River, so, of course, we stopped and enjoyed this spectacle. 

“The next sight was one that I will never forget! From the sandbank behind the elephants, out pop two ears. Since we were on an island in the river itself, the sandbank was quite a lot higher from us, so we could only see two ears at first, but we immediately knew it was a lion. That lion came down the ridge and started drinking right in front of us.

“We looked up back on to the sandbank, and suddenly another lion popped out, and another and another! This was the Kambula Lion Pride that we had found."

The Kambula pride was formed in the past few years, by six lionesses who broke away from their original group.

“In the next few minutes, the lions all came down to drink right next to each other, creating a perfect line, just as we had hoped.

"And we were the only vehicle that parked in front of them, having a head-on view. But that came at a cost. After the lions had finishing drinking, we decided to move off, but couldn’t when we realized our tires were completely buried in the mud.

"We got stuck with a massive pride of lions all around us. The other rangers thought this was quite funny and didn’t know who to watch, the lions or us struggling in the mud!”

The camp manager from MalaMala main camp eventually sent out a tractor to the rescue.

Watch the video here:

Receive a daily update on your cellphone with all our latest news: click here.

Get the best of our site emailed to you daily: click here.

Also from Business Insider South Africa: