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Hercules shows the world

Hercules shows the world

Hercules shows the world

One of the greatest things about a safari is never knowing what’s around the corner. Will there be a leopard snoozing in a tree? A giraffe munching on acacia leaves?  A dazzle of zebra drinking from a waterhole? 


Earlier this month, guests departed from Chinzombo in the South Luangwa National Park, on a normal afternoon drive and witnessed something beyond all expectations, the sighting of the year: 14 lion hunting a young lone bull elephant.


Witnessing a pride of 14 active lion is quite spectacular in itself, given that they spend around 20 hours asleep each day. This pride (all female) was on the hunt – our guests were witnessing a real, raw and unedited wildlife documentary!


It seemed like the young elephant was going to succumb; he kicked, he stomped, he charged, he trumpeted and flapped – the guests nicknamed him Hercules. Realising that the lion didn’t fancy getting their feet wet, Hercules waded into the Luangwa River whilst carrying three of them on his back. After finally ridding himself of his passengers he made another charge back on to dry land to show the pride he wasn’t cowed.


“In the many years I have been a safari guide in Zambia at the South Luangwa, never have I seen anything like this,” said Innocent Tembo, who was guiding the drive and is one of the top safari guides working with Norman Carr Safaris. “We thought the elephant would be killed right before us. What a fighter! It was incredible.”



All this happened during Norman Carr Safaris’ ‘Secret Season’; driving around the national park, you feel as though you are the last person in the world. You have these wonderful sightings and so few people to share them with. Except now that the video has gone viral – and it’s no wonder really. With over 22 million views online, the world is watching Zambia and the South Luangwa!