The most magical moment of safari was spotting a pride of lions, including 6 baby lion cubs hiding amongst the reeds of the river.
Day three of safari started bright and early with a 5am bush walk. Whilst everyone else was hoping we wouldn’t come across any wildlife, I was secretly hoping we would stumble across a big family of elephants. Our ranger Rex was not only extremely knowledgeable about everything to do with Balule Game Reserve, but was also so passionate about it. He told us he hardly ever goes into Kruger because he just loves Balule so much, and would rather spend his time learning every inch of his reserve – I just found that so beautiful. He knew everything about the reserve, from flora and fauna, to wildlife tracks and droppings, and even which trees/plants offer natural medicine solutions.
After returning from the bush walk we loaded into a 4×4 and set off on our final game drive in Balule Game Reserve, before moving to our tree house accommodation for the final night. After driving around for a little bit without seeing anything, we came across a beautiful family of lions. It was magical. There were three female lions, one male and about 6 cubs! Two of the female lions relaxed in the shade of a tree, whilst the third rested in the reeds next to the river with the cubs, trying to keep them out of sight from potential predators. But the babies were so curious about us, one even walked right up to the end of the reeds to get a better look at us! He was just so cute, and looked exactly like Simba from The Lion King! The male lion was lying a little way away from the rest of the family, and looked like he had recently been in a fight.
Seeing the baby cubs were definitely the highlight of my time on safari! It was the first time they had been spotted in the reserve, and everyone – including the rangers – was beyond excited!
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