Lion Cubs – February 2022

Earlier this week, our phones were abuzz with news of an extremely special sighting: three new lion cubs had been spotted with the rest of the resident pride!

Safari guide, Bryan Mpuche, was able to capture these wonderful photos of the new additions and told us more about the sighting:

“For almost a month I have suspected that one of the females was lactating. As an altricial species, young are concealed by their mothers for the first few months of life, so we patiently awaited their first public outing.

Today the news arrived: they had been sighted at Namaqua Pan! With my colleague Bongani monitoring their movements in the bush, I hurried to alert my guests and we began the 20-minute drive to the waterhole.

Upon our arrival, we soon identified three cubs, which we estimate to be three months old, playing in the grass and taking turns to feed. My guests were filled with joy at the sighting, as was I!”

Please note: Our experienced guides are highly trained and, as a matter of policy, keep a safe and respectful distance from all wildlife but especially young animals. The cubs are expected to grow more accustomed to the presence of the vehicles which allows for excellent sightings that do not inhibit their natural behaviour.

To put the sighting in context, Bryan added the following to his sighting write up:

Matetsi Private Game Reserve is situated 35 km from the spectacular Victoria Falls. The concession is 55,000 hectares of pristine wilderness, well known for its majestic trees, prolific birding, and all sorts of wildlife. It’s a vast land with abundant game and 15 km of Zambezi river frontage, we also have waterholes so water is always available for the wildlife. The guides have unlimited opportunities to showcase guiding skills and offer guests the safari experience of a lifetime. The reserve is full of astonishments.

“I’m very excited that our pride has brought us new members of the family. Matetsi Magic.
Your bush loving guide.”
Bryan Mpuche.

Lion cubs gallery

All photos for this blog article and in the gallery were taken by Bryan himself. Many thanks for sharing these with us, Bryan!


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Zimbabwean born, Caroline joined the Matetsi Victoria Falls family as Camp Manager in mid-2022, and she thrives on going the extra mile for our guest experience. Caroline brings with her a breadth of experience from 5* luxury properties across South Africa, including, Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa, Karkloof Safari Villas, Thanda Private Game Reserve and the Oyster Box, as well as from managing Asilia Africa’s flagship Naboisho Camp in Kenya.

Caroline holds a Diploma in Hospitality Management from the International Hotel School, and is studying for a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Hospitality Operations Management through the same institution. After many years of working abroad, Caroline and her husband Eric (who manages a property in the neighbouring Zambezi National Park) are delighted to be back in Zimbabwe, and in their free time they love bird watching. 

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Sara Ellis is an incredibly dedicated and hard working member of our Matetsi family. Having been our Head Pastry Chef for over four years, Sara transitioned to her role of Quality Assurance Manager in early 2022, bringing with her a wealth of experience and an unparalleled attention to detail. Sara works primarily behind the scenes, supporting all departments to ensure that the Matetsi Magic shines through brightly in every one of our guest’s stays with us.

Sara holds a Cordons Bleus Grande Diploma from Silwood School of Cookery, Cape Town, and has worked at some exceptional Southern African establishments, including Ellerman House and Singita Pamushana, as well as on private yachts.

Sara is mother to two wonderful boys, wife of our Executive Chef, Shane Ellis, and an individual who shows great commitment not just to Matetsi Victoria Falls, but also to our local community in many ways, including standing on the Parents’ Association and driving fundraising initiatives for a local primary school.

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