During seven days in Kruger National Park we saw lions at least once daily but I never expected to see lions mating. They often sleep in a group called a pride on the warm pavement overnight, so early mornings tend to be the best time to see them if you happen to be on the right road. On the fourth morning we saw a pair resting along the road.
Looked like a mating pair.
The female lion initiates mating which takes place over about three days. But the actual act doesn’t last long, although it happens about every 10-20 minutes.
Afterwards the male looked exhausted and was panting heavily.
While the female just looked bored.
We actually watched them mate three times within about 30 minutes and each time they moved closer to our vehicle. Such an exhilarating experience I never thought to see. Wonder how many days they had been at it.
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