Dominant male lions cover large distances while on patrol, scent marking and defending their territory from other males like these nomadic males. One can only take a guess what the intentions were of the 4 Nwatwitshaka/Ndhzenga males as these were very brave to make such moves, was it purely instinctual? Did they think this territory was no mans’ land for them to claim? Or were they aware the territory was taken and wanted to challenge the current dominate males?
From being in a completely relaxed oblivious environment still following the 4 adolescent males, the next moment everyone hears loud roars coming from behind, both us and the lions stops dead in our tracks, heads turned.
Suddenly two adult male lions known as the Southern Avoca Males appeared, following the scent marks left by the 4 Nwatwitshaka/Ndhzenga males which led them right to them!
Judging by the faces and body language of the 4 adolescent males, hearing the presence of other lions created a whole different atmosphere. They knew they were in some serious trouble as it clearly wasn’t their territory. Kicking up a dust storm as they began to ran with their tails between their legs in fear of their lives, they quickly put distance between themselves and the trouble being hot on their tails!