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

Lion safaris, holidays & tours available in Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania

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.

Popular Lion safaris in Africa

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Makgadikgadi Pans and Okavango Delta Safari Adventure (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Makgadikgadi Pans and Okavango Delta Safari Adventure (7 days)

From desert to delta, this safari will show you the two stunning contrasts of beautiful Botswana

per person

7 days

Best of Africa Safari (16 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – one of Africa's Seven Natural Wonders – to the endangered mountain gorillas and East Africa's Great Migration

per person

16 days

Camp fire

Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta and Chobe Safari (7 days)

This three-in-one journey will show you the majestic Victoria Falls, the massive elephant bulls of Chobe and the natural wonder that is the Okavango Delta

per person

7 days

Stunning view from the Rovos Rail

The Ultimate Luxury Safari in South Africa (11 days)

Combine Cape Town chic with Africa's most luxurious train and an elegant Big Five safari for a stylish South African holiday

per person

11 days

HerdTracker’s February Wildebeest Calving Season Safari in Tanzania (9 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

HerdTracker's February Wildebeest Calving Season Safari in Tanzania (9 days)

Travelling to Tanzania during the calving season is a sight to behold and something unique to the region

per person

9 days

Botswana Premium Safari Collection (8 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Botswana Premium Safari Collection (8 days)

Choose our Botswana premier collection and experience a traditional big game wildlife safari in one of Africa’s top destinations.

per person

8 days

Botswana and Zimbabwe’s World Wonders (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Botswana and Zimbabwe's World Wonders (7 days)

Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – to the diverse game viewing at the Chobe National Park and ending at the thundering Victoria Falls

per person

7 days

Botswana Green Season Safari (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Botswana Green Season Safari (7 days)

Experience three of Botswana's highlights – the Central Kalahari, Okavango Delta and Kwando Linyanti – wilderness areas that take you from arid desert to lush wetlands

per person

7 days

Highlights of Botswana Tour de Force (14 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Highlights of Botswana Tour de Force (14 days)

The ideal safari to capture Botswana's unrivalled beauty and abundance of flora and fauna through the lens

per person

14 days

Game viewing

Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)

This four-in-one calving season safari includes not only the Serengeti, but Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the Ngorogoro Crater

per person

11 days

More on Lion safaris in Africa

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.

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.

Will I be able to use my smartphone during my safari?

Wi-Fi is the best option when planning on using your smartphone during your African safari. Using apps such as Skype for Android and iOS, Viber for Android and iOS as well as Google Hangouts for Android is the best way to stay in touch with… go there.

What happens if the weather affects my hot air balloon safari?

If the weather causes unforeseen problems on the day of your hot air balloon safari, we will try to move it to another day or you will be refunded. go there.

What research should one do when thinking of travelling through Africa?

Africa for centuries has captured the imagination of explorers hence there really is a lot of information out there available on the continent from guide books to novels. go there.

Where is the best place to go for wildlife viewing in Tanzania?

Northern Tanzania! Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site, has some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the world as well as the Serengeti, but don't forget about the southern circuit. go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

Lion safaris in Africa - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Reviews on our Lion safaris in Africa

Since the beginning, agents and staff of Discover Africa already work in a professional way for me to plan the trip. Their quick responses to my questions help us a lot before departing from our place to the Africa continent. When we were…

YT

from Hong Kong

This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…

Saada

from Nigeria

Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…

Debbie

from Australia

Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.

Henrik Wetterstrand

from Sweden

Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…

Tony Russell

I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…

Margaret Dean

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