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Written by: Latest Sightings

This moment truly captures the distances to which a mother buffalo will go to in order to protect her baby from an attacking pride of lions.

While out on safari, Brad Marais, a game ranger at Makanyi Private Game Lodge and guests witnessed this heart-wrenching sighting of a helpless mother buffalo trying to chase away a pride of lions that were after her calf. The video was taken by Benjamain OT, a guest at the lodge.


Makanyi Private Lodge is lucky enough to have the Avoca lion pride visit their property frequently which results in some amazing interaction between them and the big herds of buffalo that pass through from the Kruger National Park.

Brad said, “We were watching the pride of lions relaxing when sounds of buffalo moving in the distance could be heard. The lions immediately went into hunting mode and we followed them through the bush where they found a mother and her calf at the back of the herd. We watched as the pride split up, which resulted in the mother buffalo chasing one of the lions as the other caught the calf. Although the mother tried numerous times to defend the calf she eventually gave up and joined the rest of the herd.”

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“While viewing wildlife in the African bush one is filled with many different emotions. Showing guests a pride of lions brings great pleasure but when the lions go into hunt mode, your heart starts to pump a bit faster, as the possibility of a kill could be on the cards. As the hunt plays out you are filled with adrenaline and excitement as you can never determine the outcome. It all happens so fast and when the outcome is successful for the lions you feel sad for the buffalo but excited for the lions at the same time.”

This video really highlights the tenacity of both the mother buffalo and the pride of lions.

Makanyi Lodge

Makanyi Lodge is a luxury five-star game lodge located in the Timbavati Game Reserve, which is adjacent and open to the Kruger National Park, offering an unparalleled safari experience.