Hippopotamus isn’t usually on the menu for most predators. After all, hippos are one of Africa’s most formidable animals. However, guests at Changa Safari Camp have had quite a few rather interesting lion sightings involving hippos.
Hippos are huge, notoriously aggressive and have incredibly large teeth. Basically, they’re not the easiest meal for a predator and are generally left alone. Of course, it does help if the hard work is already done for you. Recently, the Eastern pride of Matusadona lions opportunistically found a decreased hippo.
Changa camp manager, Sarah Cronje, was out with guests when they happened upon this interesting sighting. Before long, the lions were joined by some obnoxious crocodiles who decided to join in on the drama.
This wasn’t the only exciting recent occurrence with this pride of lions, which have been collared and are tracked by The Matusadona Lion Project. They went on to put on a spectacular show for some more Changa guests when the young males tried to take down a full-grown hippo. This is the second time they have tried their luck and they’ve yet to succeed but perhaps the lads are trying to fill their fathers’ elephant killing paws.
Thank you to the Barclay family for capturing the action.
A little more about Changa Safari Camp
“Lapped by the waters of Lake Kariba, shaded by Mopane woodland and hidden from the world, Changa Safari Camp is an oasis of tranquility and an ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life.” – Changa Safari Camp
Seamlessly blending land and lake together, Changa Safari Camp is nestled into a private concession in Matusadona National Park on the shores of Lake Kariba. Sleeping up to 20 guests, accommodation at Changa consists of luxurious and intimate tented suites that have been constructed from natural materials to give the camp a truly authentic feel. Each of the tastefully decorated suites boasts their own private decks overlooking Lake Kariba and the magnificent Matusadona Mountains.
Activities at Changa focus on providing a true wildlife and wilderness experience. For those wanting to forgo the traditional game drive, guided walks are a great option as they allow guests to explore the shoreline or even the more mountainous areas. Another firm favourite at Changa is tiger fishing, which Lake Kariba is famous for being full of. Alternatively, the poolside provides the perfect spot for those wanting to enjoy a lazy afternoon.
With its wonderful lakeside suites, exceptional cuisine and flawless service, Changa Safari Camp is bound to impress and the ideal base from which to explore the diverse eco-system that is the Matusadona National Park.