If you were fortunate to visit Matetsi between September 2019 and March 2020 and sight 2 young lion cubs, this is their story.
They were born into a dusty barren world, where the colour green didn’t exist. Their mother was part of a large pride of lions (about 10 or so). In those first months, she kept them safe, within a forested area on a steep hill, while the rest of the pride roamed to hunt. With just two of them, she wasn’t risking anything.
In those first weeks, we caught glimpses of this lioness with her cubs, and kept a respectful distance. When they were a little older, she brought them down to December Pan to drink and roam across the dried-out earth. Occasionally, the pride would connect with them. Their father seemed quite proud of his two little ones. And mother and cubs were very relaxed when we would come across them.