Klaserie River Sands

Video: Mother lioness grooms young cubs

Two lion cubs

© Kim Steinberg

It was for some time that game ranger Reinhardt followed one of the pregnant lionesses at Leopard Mountain Safari Lodge in Manyoni Private Game Reserve, South Africa. He was determined to follow her every day in order not to miss where she would have her cubs.

Lion mother with cub

© Kim Steinberg

Eventually she chose to settle in a cave situated on the river below the lodge where she gave birth. Reinhardt went there every day in the hopes that he would catch her outside of the den with her cubs – and his patience was eventually rewarded when he managed to capture the first sighting of the lioness and her cubs on camera!

Watch as the mother lioness grooms her cubs outside the den (© Reinhardt Erasmus)

Leopard Mountain

Leopard Mountain is a small family run Big 5 safari Lodge set within the Zululand Rhino Reserve. Thatched stone chalets carefully placed on a clifftop overlook breathtaking views over the river and wilderness below. Experienced guides thrill guests on Big 5 game drives or guided walks through pristine wilderness, rich with abundant wildlife. Soak up the sun lounging around your private plunge pool and enjoy a romantic evening under the stars around an open fire with tantalising cuisine.

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