It has been just over a year since the Matimba brothers crossed over into my area of the reserve. What a roller coaster ride it has been for them.
The two aged brothers arrived from the eastern parts of the reserve. When they arrived they looked worse for wear. They must have been pushed out by younger males looking to expand their territories.
Their physical appearance told a very clear story about the struggles that they have been through. Within the first week the two lions managed to kill a buffalo.
This provided great nourishment to their ailing bodies. Not long afterwards they managed to hunt down another buffalo.
One of the major turning points in their survival was finding the Othawa pride and being accepted amongst their ranks.
A few months later they managed to mate with one of the younger females and sired a litter of three cubs. They have done a great job at protecting the vulnerable cubs from the Mhangene pride, Styx pride as well as the Othawa male who has left his original stomping grounds.
The Othawa pride has made numerous kills to which the Matimba boys claimed the bulk thereof. This has undoubtedly been their saving grace. However age has caught up with them and they are quickly nearing the end of their days.