Filming in Matusadona National Park has been a challenge due to the thickness of the foliage, the limited road network and the vast range that these lions cover. Recently all the variables came together, allowing us to witness the lions feeding on a cape buffalo out in the open. The hunt took place in the thick scrub, which we struggled to see but eventually the 5 lions emerged in a clearing, latched on to the prey.
The lions consisted of 2 of the 3 coalition males and 3 of the Eastern pride females. The clearing was in the middle of a large peninsula which meant easy access to water, as lions tend to drink more when feeding.
In my estimation this buffalo cow weighed around 400kg/880lbs and sustained the lions for nearly 3 days. The herd of c.80 buffalo remained in the area but the lions were hardly interested nor physically capable to launch another attack.
This was a great opportunity to spend long hours with the lions and gather some visuals of them feeding and interacting with one another. Surprisingly there were no battles or fights over the carcass, a common sighting, even when there is plenty of food to go around.