The 45-year-old, who was on a trip with his wife, said the new-born antelope appeared to have been separated from its mum before stumbling into the path of the predator.
The lion eventually carried the calf out of sight so no one knows how the unusual interaction ended.
He said: “On this particular day there wasn’t an animal in sight, never mind any lions. I commented to my wife that I would love to know where they had all got to. A few minutes later, out of nowhere a lion came walking out of the dry bush with something in its mouth.
At first, it looked like a lioness carrying her cub. However, at second glance, it turned out to be a young male carrying a new-born antelope.
The young lion carried the antelope down into the dry riverbed where we lost visual, but could still hear the antelope bleating.
The lion went into the riverbed also because there were white-backed vultures, hooded vultures and marabou storks in the vicinity hoping to take off with the buck.
I think this was pure opportunism on the part of the lion as he must have stumbled upon the newborn whilst walking through the bush.
I am not sure what happened to its mum but she may have been grazing and wandered a bit too far off from her youngster.
We visit the Kruger often but this was a rare sighting for both of us.
“That’s why the Kruger National Park is the best place on Earth, you never know what lies in wait around the following bend.”