Blog: mating


WEEK IN PICTURES #28 “Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming!” – Joseph B. Wirthlin A quote that describes the feelings best that our guests will experience once they depart from an unforgettable stay at Pondoro, leaving with only memories and memory cards filled with pictures. The week in pictures highlights these memories. […]


Big 5 safari sightings for the week of 24-30 Sept ’17 Sunday 24 Sept 2017 15 Elephants at xindzele feeding 1 Lioness with 3 cubs at xindzele moving east 100 Buffaloes at main road busy grazing 7 Elephants drinking at ngala dam 1 White rhino bull 1 White rhino bull 1 Leopardess at impalabos east […]

Lion mating: Christmas come early

A video by Pondoro guides of the big Mohlabetsi male lion mating with 2 lionesses during the past week. They say that you must make hay when the sun shines and the Mohlabetsi male seem to have taken this advice to heart. It often happens that lionesses in the same pride synchronize their estrus cycles […]

Honeymoon lions

African Honeymoon lions: A video taken on the 14th of April 2016 of lions mating. Lions mate frequently when a lioness is in estrous, as much as every 20 minutes extended over a period of 4 to 5 days. The males from coalitions, with the biggest coalition that I am aware of totaling 7, which […]

Mating lions during a safari drive

Mating lions: A video taken during the safari drive on the 12 of March 2016 of a lioness rebuffing the advances of a male lion we call the Mohlabetsi male. The mating period and frequency of mating is the stuff of legend. They would mate about every 20 minutes over a period of up to […]

Mating leopards

A video taken by ranger Sam on Valentine’s day 2016 of leopards mating next to his safari cruiser. Mating leopards, to the best of my knowledge, was first captured on film during the 1980’s by a film maker called John Varty in a private reserve not too far away to the south of us. Although […]

The Holy Grail

The Holy Grail of wildlife photography has always been for me to photograph mating leopards. Leopards are notoriously secretive and are generally regarded as the most difficult of the Big 5 to see. If I was a betting man I would probably give you better odds on seeing a unicorn than seeing leopards mating. Making […]