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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

Kenya family safari - Bush and Beach Itinerary - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Kenya family safari - Bush and Beach Itinerary

It's easy to see why so many visitors flock to Kenya from around the world to experience a truly unique African adventure in one of the world’s most pristine safari destinations.

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per person

12 days

Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Cape Town, Winelands and Kruger Park Journey

Experience Cape Town, the lush Cape Winelands and a safari in the Kruger National Park and you'll fall under South Africa's spell

$ 3,421

£ 2,443

R 41,410

2,780

per person

9 days

Victoria Falls and Chobe Safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Victoria Falls and Chobe Safari

Encounter the smoke that thunders and explore the land of giants in the Chobe National Park

$ 2,255

£ 1,610

R 27,293

1,832

per person

5 days

HerdTracker July/October Great Wildebeest Migration safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

HerdTracker July/October Great Wildebeest Migration safari

The movement takes place in Tanzania, which covers Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha and Tarangire National Park

$ 7,495

£ 5,352

R 90,715

6,090

per person

9 days

Pel's Fishing Owl in flight

The Selous Game Reserve and Pel’s fishing owl

Explore the Selous Game Reserve and Stiegler's Gorge by 4x4, boat or walking safari, looking for Pel's fishing owl, wild dog, rhino and elephant

$ 2,919

£ 2,084

R 35,330

2,372

per person

6 days

South African bush and beach safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

South African bush and beach safari

Explore the magic of Cape Town followed by the Scenic Garden Route and finally the Big Five members at the Kruger National Park

$ 3,503

£ 2,501

R 42,400

2,847

per person

10 days

Playful lions

Masai Mara wildlife discovery

The Masai Mara is the world's most prolific game viewing area for big cats and the Great Migration

$ 6,617

£ 4,725

R 80,088

5,377

per person

10 days

Tanzania migration safari with HerdTracker - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania migration safari with HerdTracker

Join HerdTracker on a Tanzania migration safari in the Serengeti National Park.

$ 8,150

£ 5,820

R 98,643

6,623

per person

9 days

Serengeti Wildebeests in Kenya

Wildlife and culture – the perfect balance

Balance Tanzania's wildlife highlights, such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, with the rich cultural heritage of local tribes like the Masai

$ 4,756

£ 3,396

R 57,564

3,865

per person

11 days

Namibia safari adventure - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Namibia safari adventure

Namibia is an ideal destination for travellers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful untamed wilderness

$ 1,290

£ 921

R 15,610

1,048

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.

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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