The Timbavati is home to a wealth of wildlife - including the iconic lion. Below is some incredible lion footage of a male Mbiri lion, originally posted on the Walkers Bush Villa's site. This video is seen to be one of the top wildlife moments at Walkers Bush Villa.
What wildlife can you expect at Walkers Bush Villa?
Predatory carnivores exhibit a wide range of social behaviours. Typically, there are two groups. The difference pronounced between the two most familiar carnivore families is their ability to either stick together in one large pack, or to break off and form a few smaller packs. Dogs and wolves would form part of the first group as they are intensely social animals. As a result, they would usually hunt and live together in packs.
Big cats (like lions) tend to be more solitary, thus forming part of the second group. Although they operate best in small groups when hunting, they have no trouble with distancing themselves from these smaller family units for some alone time.
These mammal predators are the carnivorous species of the South African bush. Some of the more supreme predators found in the Kruger, would include lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas and African wild dogs. Smaller predators would include the likes of jackal, mongoose, civet, and genets.
King of the bush
Mighty carnivores, like lions, mostly hunt antelopes, zebras and wildebeests. Lionesses are in charge for the hunt, although male lions are much larger and stronger. Lions can often act like scavengers, when they attack hyenas and steal their prey. These grisly creatures can eat up to +-18 kgs of meat in one sitting.
Lions don't have it easy surviving cub-hood. Lion cubs have a 60-70% mortality rate. Sometimes they get trampled by large animals like buffaloes, other times they get slaughtered by their own kind. When another group of male lions take over a pride, they take out all the cubs, so they can sire their own with the lionesses.
These mighty animals are vulnerable to predators like hyenas, leopards, and black-backed jackals.
That being said, most people would guess hyena when asked about a lion's arch enemy, when in fact the culprit is no larger than a small dog. The lion's worst enemy might come as a surprise to most. The porcupine is the real thorn in the lion's side. Often lions end up with one or more quill stuck in its jaw for life.
Here follows a video allowing us to get up close and personal with a Mbiri male lion. The Mbiri lions rests on the river bank after a big meal and gets up for a drink of water. Nature lovers hold their breaths as the male turns his back on the vehicle and casually walks away.