By Bunmi Adigun @Bunmi_Adigun
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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.
The extraordinary moment was snapped by South African and part-time photographer, Siobain Shead, at the famous Kruger National Park, South Africa.
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.”
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.
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.
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 waterhole is known locally as Ingwe, which translates to 'leopard in Zulu' and is a common hangout for 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.