Driving to a Kalahari air strip to fly to the Okavango Delta, we discovered this pride of lions and their kill. The male lion presides over the kill, with three lionesses behind him. Note male’s black mane — this is a black-maned lion of the Kalahari.
There were several cubs.
From the black and white marking on the face, the kill is a gemsbok, a large antelope adapted to the Kalahari.
The male lion hauled away the remains of the gemsbok. Note the straight horns of the gemsbok below.
See how the male limps as he hauls off the gemsbok.
Two lionesses fight over the stomach left at the kill site.
And the victor trots off with the spoils.
The male lion hauled the gemsbok to the shade of a tree, where four cubs joined him and the kill would be hidden from circling vultures.
Having finally seen the black-maned lions of the Kalahari just as we were leaving, we were very pleased as we raced off to a rendezvous with our plane to the Okavango Delta.