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The strongest of Africa’s cats by far, the mighty lion never fails to produce a memorable sighting

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The strongest of Africa’s cats by far, the mighty lion never fails to produce a memorable sighting

The Lion truly is the king of all safari experiences. The only cats in the world that have a social structure, lion sightings are often spectacular in their interactions. Be warned: lions will sleep a lot during the day, so don't be disappointed if you catch them out for the count. Early mornings and evening are the best times to see their big prides active and hunting. 

The Serengeti, Kenya's Masai Mara, Botswana's Duba Plains, the Kruger National Park in South Africa and Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater are the best places in Africa to see these incredible species in their natural habitat.

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The Serengeti has massive lion populations. Prides of up to 50 individual lions (adults, sub adults and cubs) have been seen in the Lobo or Bologonja areas and there are huge male coalitions of up to five in a pride of nomadic males. 

Kenya’s Masai Mara has one of the highest concentrations of lions in Africa and the good visibility across these open plains makes for ideal viewing. 

Duba Plains in Botswana's Linyanti concession is famed for its interaction between lion and buffalo. Viewing a battle between hungry lions and a massive herd of Cape buffalo is an incredible experience and almost guaranteed if  you are in the area for long enough. Duba Plains remains one of the most rewarding lion experiences you can enjoy today.

Kruger National Park’s Satara area is also famous for large lion populations. Unfortunately, travellers are confined to the main road and if the lions move off you cannot follow them into the bush. The private concessions close to Satara ensure worthwhile guided experiences and memorable lion sightings. 

Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater has a unique lion-viewing environment. With five different prides on the crater floor and almost 250 individual lions in the greater Ngorongoro Conservation Area, sightings are almost guaranteed in the crater. But it's best to find them early in order to beat the crowds. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Lion safaris in Africa

How does the weather influence a safari?

While a safari holiday can be at any time of year, it is worth noting that seasonality will impact the type of experience you’re likely to have as well as the cost of your safari. During the dry season, the wildlife tends to congregate… go there.

Can I bring my children along on a safari?

Family safaris in Africa are a worthwhile and meaningful experience. Aside from spending quality time with your nearest and dearest under a wide blue African sky, a safari in Africa offers invaluable experiences including unique cultural… go there.

What is a typical day on safari like?

Life on safari has a rhythm of its own, largely dictated by the animal's movements. Generally, the most rewarding times for game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and also late in the afternoons when the animals are most active. A… go there.

When is the best time to visit Camdeboo National Park?

Although wildlife viewing is good throughout the year. The warmer months from October to March are more pleasant - the scenery is greener and this is also the time most of the animals are born. However, the park is mostly about its scenery… go there.

When is the best time to visit Ithala Game Reserve?

The best time to visit Ithala Game Reserve is during the dry winter months, from May to September. During this season it is easier to spot the wildlife since the grass is eaten by herbivores. Expect to encounter and sight birds - such as… go there.

When is the best time to visit Tankwa Karoo National Park ?

The best time to visit Tankwa Karoo National Park is from autumn through winter to early summer of April to September. However, this is a perfect place to indulge in blessed idleness. If you want to see the landscape and animals, you'll… go there.

When is the best time to visit Marakele National Park?

The best time to visit Marakele National Park is during May to September. Since animals tend to seek for reliable waterholes and stay close by during the dry winter months. However, this is the best time for wildlife viewing. Marakele is a… go there.

When is the best time to visit Augrabies Falls National Park?

Augrabies Falls National Park is open throughout the year, but the best time to visit is between April and September. When the popular three-day Klipspringer Trail is open. However, the waterfall is particularly impressive when in flood -… go there.

When is the best time to visit Nyungwe Forest National Park?

The best time to visit Nyungwe Forest National Park in the southern Rwanda is during the drier months of June to August or December to January. Even though June to August or December to January are categorically referred to as drier months… go there.

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