By Bunmi Adigun @Bunmi_Adigun

A PRIDE of thirsty lions formed an orderly queue at their local watering hole

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The thirsty lions swiftly made their way to the watering hole

Ignoring a herd of impala, the pride swiftly made their way to the small pool of water, which was steadily evaporating under the hot African sun.

Only the lionesses and the cubs went for a drink of water

The extraordinary moment was snapped by South African and part-time photographer, Siobain Shead, at the famous Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Each member of the pride calmly lined up next to each other for a drink of water

She said: “I have been going to Kruger for many years and have seen large prides together yes, but not all drinking together in single file - this was a first.”

The pictures were taken at the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa

With the adult males no where to be seen the lionesses and cubs of the pride took their time to lap up water.

Taken during a drought, the images show the importance of waterholes, which act as a haven for wildlife in the region.

A drought is currently taking place in the area making waterholes vital for survival

Siobain said: “Sightings in Kruger are all about luck and timing, I don’t think they are ever predictable. Having said that, during times of drought one is more likely to see predators around the waterholes as the game does disperse more in the rainy season.”

Following the movements of the pride with her safari group the photographer was surprised to see the lions walking in single file during the hottest time of the day.

Photographer Siobain Shead, 52, took the pictures of the lion family while on safari

She said: “Whilst driving along our decided route we spotted a lion cub deep in the bush, within a few seconds the rest of the lions started appearing walking almost in single file. At first I found it puzzling that they were walking at midday as it was quite hot and the lions were panting, however, they seemed to have a destination in mind.”

The pride drank at the waterhole for around 25 minutes until they left to sleep in the shade

The waterhole is known locally as Ingwe, which translates to 'leopard in Zulu' and is a common hangout for animals in the area.

Known locally as Ingwe the waterhole is used by most of the animals in the area

Siobain said: “I know the area reasonably well and realised there was a watering point about one kilometre ahead so I just had a feeling that was where they were off to.

“The lions drank at the waterhole for about 20 to 25 minutes then they moved off further back under bushes to lay down and sleep in the shade, they spent a few hours sleeping and eventually moved off and out of sight.” She added.