The pride of lions and lionesses and cubs managed to break out of the famous Kruger National Park and have been spotted roaming free five miles outside the perimeter fence.
Rangers are monitoring the animals, and authorities plan to capture them and release them back into the reserve.
Limpopo province officials warned civilians to “be alert at all times”.
“It is suspected that the lions escaped from Kruger National Park. The Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment, and Tourism (LEDET) has allocated field rangers to closely monitor the pride’s movement prior action to be taken,” LEDET said.
“A meeting held between LEDET, The Kruger National Park and Greater Balule concluded that the lions are to be captured and released back at Kruger National Park. Employees at Foskor Mine and members of the public are hereby advised to be alert at all times.”
It comes two days after Kruger National Park confirmed one of its staff member’s children had been mauled to death by a leopard. The leopard was later tracked and shot in other to prevent the animal from harming another person.