My family often visited Gorongosa National Park in the 1950’s and 1960’s. On one occasion when we arrived, the “grown ups” laid out a picnic table while I explored the Lion House. I will never forget the moment I got to the top of the steps seeing a pride sleeping on the roof. I turned to run down, only to see a young lion at the bottom about to climb the staircase.
I vaulted over the rail and ran towards my Dad, only to see another lion directly between the picnickers and myself. The pride was relaxed and totally disinterested in this 7-year-old explorer.
By Troy Morkel
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Imagine this scene taking place as you watch this historic footage of lion house:
Clip extracted from a private documentary filmed in Gorongosa National Park during the 1960's by the South African cinematographer Don Guy
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