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I'm Bigger Than You

Country: South Africa
Region: Limpopo
Location: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Lodge: King's Camp

I'm Bigger Than You

This picture shows a slow moving rhino ambling across a well chewed ,dry, flat savanna toward a completely relaxed, big male lion.  Proving that that size does matter, the lion was long gone when the rhino got to within 20 feet.  The lion sometimes does not live up to his title "king of beasts". The rhino definitely considered this flat, trampled area his.
This picture was taken in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.   The Timbavati Private Game Reserve lies in the western region of the Kruger National Park, north of Sabi Sands Game Reserve, the borders between all of them unfenced, allowing greater freedom of access to wildlife. The reserve covers about 150 000 acres of pristine African bush. Kruger National Park itself is another 5 million acres in size, about the same size as Israel or Wales.  From stone age on, man never permanently settled the large tracts of land now comprising the Timbavati Reserve; leaving it truly wild land.
Timbavati in ancient Sangaan means 'the place where something sacred came down to earth from the heavens' and refers to a sub species of lion known as the 'white lions of Timbavati'.  Two white lion cubs were first spotted in 1975 and today there is a whole pride of white lions in the greater Timbavati area.  Timbavati in general is known for its lion prides. 

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