On the 3rd of July we left the lodge early around 6:00 am. Driving around thinking it was going to be a quite morning.....................All of a sudden the two Tsholo Mateya males walked down the road like two gladiators ready for the big fight. They were spraying almost every 15 m. next to the road. Every now and then they were giving full blow roars to let the Batias know they are coming. It was the first time they came up so far north. We were following them with great expectations thinking that we were going to see the fight of the century. To see the behaviour of male lions competing against other males are amazing they look so brave and strong, just the way they walk down the road with meaning to kill and destroy. When they were roaring the echoing through the valley was almost deafening.
All of a sudden with no warning the Batias replied with even more ground trembling roars the Tsholo Matyeas realized the game was on. To our surprise they froze for about 5 seconds, turned around and retreated to where they came from, ears back and almost crouched down they ran away like two scared kittens. The expression on their faces told the whole strory ! It was still amazing to see these magnificent apex predators operate when they are after something they want so badly !