In March 2015, there was much excitement when two male lion cubs were born on the reserve. Born to a lioness relocated from Phinda Private Game Reserve, and one of the dominant Black Mane Lions from the Kalahari – we knew from their conception, that they would be ones to watch. From the day they were born, they have held a special place in the hearts of everyone on the Nambiti Reserve.
These lion cubs have made regular appearances throughout the years, always ensuring that our Game Drives are that much more exciting. It’s always such a pleasure to watch the dynamics of the lioness, while she interacts with her cubs – even showing annoyance with their boisterous antics, the same way human mothers can.
Although only three years and five months old, we can hardly call these lions “cubs” anymore. In fact, they are looking more like the dominant male brothers on the Reserve each day – ready to challenge them for dominance and territory any day now.
Here’s a look back on how they have grown.
[Pictured above] Born to their Phinda Lioness mother, she gives them a warning about their boisterous behaviour.
[Pictured above] The Black Mane Lions that fathered our youngsters.
[Pictured above] Our young male lions as cubs.
[Pictured above] Growing up and causing mischief.
[Pictured above] Learning to play.
[Pictured above] Manes are growing and they are looking more like their father each day.
[Pictured above] Truly becoming young adults.