Safari Live Field guide Steve Faulconbridge was following fresh lion cub tracks while taking a group of guests out for a game drive in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve along the Kruger National Park’s western border.

So engrossed with following the lion tracks and diligently explaining his movements to the safari group, Steve got out of the vehicle and didn’t even realise that he was walking right into the Nkuhuma pride of lions, hidden in the tall grass.

‘Oh my word,’ Steve repeatedly proclaimed, as he realised where he was heading just in time as the lions got up and started to move off. ‘We’ve just bumped into a pride of lion.’

‘Today’s tracks were very, very fresh,’ he later joked.

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