Steve Faulconbridge did his job a little too well recently while tracking a pride of lions; he was following fresh tracks and stumbled right into the pride.
Sabi Sands, South Africa – Steve Faulconbridge is an experienced safari guide who uses his skills and educates people through the SafariLIVE streaming service.
Recently he went out on a drive in Djuma, Greater Kruger National Park. He came across some lion tracks and started tracking them. Every now and then he would stop the vehicle and walk around tracing the steps of the lioness.
The tracks belonged to the Nkuhuma lion pride of Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa and decided to follow them.
The presenter, who grew up in Johannesburg, jumps off his vehicle when he gets to a junction, having spotted more lion marks in the sand.
Steve is filmed in the video, demonstrating how to track lions. He was busy explaining about examining fresh tracks and how to determine where they led when he got a huge surprise!
Steve had no idea that he would walk almost straight into a pride of lions, but it seemed that they were just as surprised as he was when the lioness jumped up from behind the tall grass they were resting in.
He was definitely on the right path while tracking. From his body language, you can see that his years of experience has taught him well. One must never turn your back to the danger, and, never start running. All through this dramatic episode, he kept calm and backed away from the pride, back to the vehicle. A lot of viewers were shocked and just as pleasantly surprised by the sighting. One can’t help but wonder what would have happened next, had the lioness not jumped up.
If you want a guide or a tracker, go with Steve, he will literally lead you into them!
We couldn’t help but have a good giggle at Steve’s lion pride encounter. As you can see, he was more shocked than the pride. Take a look below.