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Lone Lion Attacks a Lone Elephant

‘On an afternoon drive at Ngweshla in Hwange National Park, we came across a young elephant wandering by itself at the waterhole. I explained to my guests how such elephants tend to be vulnerable to lions’ says Calvet Nkomo, a guide at African Bush Camps’ Somalisa Camp.

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‘Ten minutes later Humba, a male lion, first proceeded with a mock charge, but in his second attempt, attacked the elephant by jumping on its back. The lioness joined him and everything happened very quickly. Together they managed to take the elephant down in no time. Later their whole pride joined for the feast.’

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Calvet Nkomo, a 45-year-old guide at Somalisa Camp in the Hwange National Park took his guests to a well-known waterhole in Ngweshla. Little did they know what a surprise they would get with this spectacular sighting! Calvet told about the series of events leading up to this sighting.

“On the 10th of October, I was doing an afternoon activity at Ngweshla with a few guests. We stopped at one of the waterholes and saw a young elephant wandering around by itself. Upon seeing this, I explained to my guests how such elephants tend to be vulnerable to lions as there is no safety in quantity in a case like this. About 10 minutes later, a baboon gave an alarm call and I scanned around the area then noticed Humba, the lion, and one of the spice girl daughter lionesses heading toward the waterhole where the elephant was having a drink.”

“I looked at my guests and saw that they were all waiting in anticipation for the next move. Humba went on and gave a mock attack then proceeded to the water to have a drink. When his thirst was quenched, he took the opportunity and attacked the elephant again, bringing it down and then finally completing the hunt with the help of the lioness. After successfully putting the elephant down, Humba went on to invite the rest of the pride to join the feast.”


“All the while this sighting was playing out, I thought to myself about how clever Humba had built up the attack. First doing a mock charge to test the elephant’s defense abilities, then continuing to drink at the water hole. When the elephant then thought it was safe as the lion did not continue the attack, he let down his guard and that’s when Humba and the lioness attacked together.”

The pride had a big feast thanks to Humba, his pride consists of up to 6 lions. This sighting is not that rare, the water hole is famous for lions attacking vulnerable elephants. Only 2 days after this specific sighting, I witnessed another similar attack with other guests.”

“When you get to see something like this, just watch as the story of nature unfolds, though it might be hard, this is survival, the chain of survival.”

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