While on vacation in the Okavango Delta, Sandro Geyser, director of operations for the IntegriSure Group of enterprises, was able to photograph this intense and spectacular combat. The conflict between the lions and the roan antelope was unquestionably epic.
He described the incident in full: The camp staff told him there were some lions nearby when they were there and offered to take them there to see. On a scorching hot day, they observed two lionesses lounging in the shade at the sᴄᴇɴᴇ ᴄʟᴏsᴇ to camp Khwai. After a bit, they went back to camp for breakfast, then they went back to check on the lions to see if anything had changed after around 40 minutes.
They noticed there weren’t any lions in the shade when they arrived. Less than 15 meters away, on the other side, they could see the lions already riding the roan antelope. They were the only ones in the automobile who saw the initial ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ, and they were the only ones who saw the entire incident from beginning to end.
At first, they were thrilled to have the opportunity to see such a rare encounter in broad daylight. But as the day went on, sympathy and emotions of heroism for the battling roan grew. The roan, battered and injured, was struggling for life. By late afternoon, the lions and roan were lying ᴄʟᴏsᴇ to one another in the shade. There appeared to be a cease-fire between them.
The following morning, they went back to the sᴄᴇɴᴇ but saw nothing. Although no one was certain, he believed the roan ᴘᴀssᴇᴅ ᴀᴡᴀʏ somewhere over the course of the night. What ultimately occurred may only be inferred.
Mr. Geyser said that he has had the good fortune to witness numerous unusual animal sightings and behaviors all around Southern Africa. This, however, comes in first place as the most memorable sighting.