South Africa offers a truly unique African wildlife and holiday experience; lavish amenities and suites, world-class spas, and exquisite fine dining offerings – it’s no wonder that many are internationally recognized as the ideal destination for couples, honeymooners and travelers seeking a special, intimate experience to celebrate their meaningful, life-long union.
Balule Lion Prides
But besides all of the above one aspect stands above the rest – the majestic Balule Lion Prides.
Lions, famed across the world for their majestic beauty, strength and raw power, are a main attraction for South African safaris – and for good reason!
Unlike other cats, lions are incredibly social wild animals. Lions live in groups, called prides, of up to about 30 lions. A single pride consists of as many as three males, roughly a dozen related females and their young. The size of the pride is determined by the availability of food and water. If resources are scarce, the pride becomes smaller, but don’t let that fool you – the awe-inspiring strength of the pride remains.
South African game reserves and safari lodges offer a once in a lifetime experience not quite like any other. One premium example, the Pondoro Game Lodge is situated on the cool banks of the Olifants River on the 50 000 hectare Balule Private Nature Reserve inside the greater Kruger National Park. This 5-Star safari lodge in South Africa offers everything and more needed to witness the royal Balule lion prides. Pondoro shares a lot of its 10,000 hectare of traversing land with three other commercial lodges, and have an extremely good relationship with their neighbors. They notify each other of sightings by 2-way radios. This also helps to regulate those sightings by only allowing 2 vehicles at any one sighting, but also increases the chances that you’ll experience the wonder of Balule lion prides.
There are five different prides that roam the Pondoro game reserve area and some divergence prides which have all been named and tracked over time. The Olifants West/York pride split in three last year and the pride names are now as follows:
· Noengu Mafazi’s pride of 13 is renamed to River pride
· Pride of 6 is now Impalabos pride
· Kudyela/Duma’s pride name stays the same
· Mohlabetsi pride’s name stays the same as well as the Singwe pride.
Mohlabetsi male coalition stays the same with the big male named the Mohlabetsi male and it is generally accepted that they now reign over the Mohlabetsi, River and Impalabos prides.
If you wish to track these prides the key is to enlist experienced guides who will not only use all their vast knowledge and bush craft to show you the Balule lion Prides, but also the other Big Five species: the leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo!