Catching up with the rest of the pride (11 May 2016)
Finding all thirteen members of the Marsh Pride together was still our main goal, so we set out early again and headed straight for the marsh. En route we bumped into the honeymoon couple again and had a few more opportunities to photograph them mating. With our goal in mind, however, we set off looking for signs of their family further south-east.
After criss-crossing the marsh for about an hour we eventually spotted lions on the horizon. It was the rest of the pride and they had just failed to take down a buffalo. We caught up with them just as they headed into a mopane thicket, but knowing their location gave us hope for the afternoon drive.
We rejoined them at about 16:30, where they were resting in a patch of very tall grass right on the edge of the marsh. After patiently waiting for an hour and a half, they finally got up to socialise a bit just as the sun disappeared behind the horizon. The two tiny cubs played on a fallen tree stump and even posed for us in the two-track road, before the whole pride started moving north. Unfortunately for us, it was time to head back to camp…