Myth busted - male lions DO hunt! - blog post image
Wildlife  |  23 November 2018
By Ryan Hillier

Myth busted - male lions DO hunt!

As a guide, I am often asked if it’s true that male lions do not do any of the hunting and the females ‘bring home the bacon’ so to say. Well, this is not entirely true. The males can, and do, hunt. We witnessed first-hand just such an event recently, although perhaps not in the way some may imagine a lion hunt to take place. We had found one of the big dominant male lions of Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, and he was on the move. Roaring regularly as he went, the male paused frequently to spray on passing bushes to mark his territory. In the late afternoon light, we followed him across a large open plain towards a small valley nearby. It was a spectacular scene and it was here that his behaviour transformed. He discovered a series of warthog burrows dug into the stony ground, and we could see from the softer sand at the entrances that at least some of them were currently in use. He started sniffing at the entrance of the burrows, checking each in turn, before moving on to the next. After close to 20 minutes, he found what he was searching for and he began to dig. Using his massive front paws and powerful limbs, he excavated the entrance of the chosen burrow. There was only gradual progress with the hard ground and almost half an hour passed, but he was determined and diligent. It was abundantly clear at this point that he knew a warthog was hiding within the earth, and he was going after it. We sat with cameras at the ready with the knowledge that action could take place any second … and we were rewarded for our patience. Read More

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Big Five Game Viewing

Kwandwe is one of the largest private Big Five game viewing areas in South Africa


With 54 000 acres of private wilderness, accommodating a maximum of 52 guests, making Kwandwe one of the highest land:guest ratios in South Africa

Easy Access

Located perfectly for a self-drive or fly-in safari