The Circle of life

Today like so many other days, I was reminded just how incredible nature is. Everything has a place and purpose out there. And some how somewhere everything is connected. I think Mufasa, Samba’s dad in the Lion King explains that so well. He explains how everything forms a part of the circle of life.


The antelope (herbivores) eat the grass, the lions eat the antelope and the lions become part of the grass. I think that says it all.


This morning I had to try and explain this to my guest as we witnessed four lionesses kill a warthog from start to finish. It was a whole lot of emotions mixed together. It was sad yet exciting and entertaining. To see something being killed and ripped to pieces makes even the toughest of us weak at the knees. One life gets taken for the next one to survive.


We were very fortunate to have witnessed this. From the warthog’s squeal, to the lionesses fighting over the scraps. Over all everyone was very happy and moved by the experience. They all got their “National Geographic” moment.


We left the lions sleeping flat cat under a tree after all the excitement had passed. We made our way back to the lodge, our minds filled with memories of what just happened and questions of where exactly we fit into The Circle of Life!

Story by: Marilize Minnaar-Kapama River Lodge Ranger

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3 Responses to “The Circle of life”

  1. Marco Della Valle says:

    Hi Marilize…we were there..remember…the girl who always tried to feed apple to animals !! We just wanted to thank you one more time for the wonderful experience you helped us have. The were the best possible ranger we could have. we just wanted let you know that in Zimbabwe we managed to pet and kiss a lion !!! (can’t imagine what my wife Cristina put me through to do it)…thank you again and if you evere decide to come and visit Italy we’ll be pleased to be your ranger in this Italian Jungle !!!

  2. Wynand says:

    Dit was hectic, ek was daar!!!!

  3. Elin and Johan says:

    An amazing experience and a once in a lifetime moment. Unforgettable! One of many highlights at our 5 days stay at Kapama. Thanks to all the staff and especially our ranger Marilize and our tracker Las for making this possible. We had a wonderful time.
    Best wishes from Elin and Johan from Norway. Hope to see you again sometime.

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