38-year-old, Ahmed Ismail, was fortunate enough to witness this tremendous lion and buffalo hunt right next to him! Some people wait a lifetime to see this.
He tells LatestSightings.com: “We were driving along the H1-3 in the Kruger National Park. We knew we had hit the jackpot when we came across a pride of lionesses on the trail of buffaloes.”
“There were five stunning lionesses and three strong buffalos, and the lionesses were clearly in stalk mode. One of the lionesses then broke away from the pride and flanked the buffalos. She cut them off on the far side and chased them to the remaining four lionesses.”
Lions Attack & Kill Buffalo Next to Vehicle
“What followed was a small battle between the lions and buffaloes with the latter retreating and disappearing into the bush. We were disappointed because we believed we had missed out on witnessing a successful hunt. Unimaginably, the scenes to follow would be unforgettable”
“After hearing a squealing sound from behind, I made a U-turn onto the Baobab loop where we saw lionesses attacking a buffalo. There were six lionesses trying to take the buffalo down. During the scurry of “growling” and “whimpering” a male lion appeared. He attempted to pull the crying buffalo down from behind. Each member of my family of five had different reactions during the occasion.”
“My wife was quivering and began crying as her heart softened for the buffalo. I felt excited at the prospect of being privileged enough to see a live kill but at the same time, I felt empathy for the buffalo that was about to get killed. My boys aged 12 and 9 were excited and I could sense their adrenalin pumping. My youngest daughter aged 6 was also excited, but more so because she got to see the young cubs.”
“The entire occasion lasted for about an hour and 20 minutes, with the buffalo eventually being overpowered by the 21-strong Kumana pride of lions. For myself and the family, the experience was “a dream come true” since we had never seen anything like this ever before.”
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“Being a nature and wild animal lover I’m a regular at the Kruger National Park. I had actually given up hope that I would ever be one of those fortunate enough to witness this before my very eyes. The Ismail family believes the 16th of July 2016 was simply the best day ever!”