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The Moment 20 Lions All Drink in Perfect Unison

Bernhard Bekker, from Private Kruger Safaris told the story:

“We saw the lions the previous evening late on 15 Aug 2017 on the

banks of the Sabie River about 4km from Lower Sabie towards Skukuza

Camp in the Kruger National Park just lying on the sand in the river

and they did not look like they wanted to go anywhere soon.

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So we decided to call it a day and return to camp. The next morning we

rushed to get to the spot where we last saw them and there was no sign

of the lions I was quite disappointed and so was our guests on the


Then we decided to go up the river and start our day looking for

Leopard about a half an hour later we returned towards the Lower Sabie

camp and suddenly out of nowhere we saw the lions appearing on the

“beach” out of the reeds and I saw 1 female heading towards the water

immediately I had a thought that they might drink but did not for one

moment think that this signing might turn out that it did.

And then the magic happened one by one these lions came down to the

water and filled in the gaps next to each other as they came in I

counted them and 19 appeared then at the last moment before the first

lioness raised her head the last baby to make the count a full 20

appeared and started to drink. WOW, what an amazing moment on safari

one to remember in 18 years I have not seen that ever a whole pride

drinking like this in full frontal view was unbelievable.

Our guest and we left the sighting in awe and was speechless back to the camp.

This will become a pride to be reckoned with in the Lower Sabie area

of Kruger National Park, South Africa they also have 5 large males

that is the dominant coalition so a sound and solid foundation is laid

for all these clubs to secure their survival I will be following them

for sure.”

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