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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

Big Five safari in the Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Botswana Chobe and Moremi Adventure safari

Encounter the extraordinary herd of elephants and other species that will make your safari remarkable

per person

7 days

Masai Mara safari adventure - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Masai Mara safari adventure

Explore the jewel in Kenya's crown; the wildlife-rich Masai Mara National Reserve

per person

6 days

Game viewing

The Migration - calving season January to March

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

per person

11 days

South African holiday adventure - Africa Wildlife Safaris

South African holiday adventure

Explore the southern-most city on the African continent, before jetting off to spot the Big Five

per person

10 days

Giraffes

Samburu's Special Five, rhino and bongo

Even if you've seen the Big Five and the Great Migration, you'll appreciate the different beauty of animals like reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, gerenuk and bongo

per person

8 days

Thornybush Game Reserve Safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Thornybush Game Reserve Safari

Enjoy the city life in Johannesburg and track the Big Five in the Thornybush Game Reserve

per person

4 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

per person

11 days

5 Day Greater Kruger & Sabi Sands safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

5 Day Greater Kruger & Sabi Sands safari

Enjoy an authentic African safari. Game viewing possibilities are unparalleled and include the Big Five in the Sabi Sands and white lions in the Timbavati Nature Reserve.

per person

5 days

Botswana and Zimbabwe safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Botswana and Zimbabwe safari

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

9-day HerdTracker June/July great migration safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

9-day HerdTracker June/July great migration safari

If the great migration is on your travel bucket list, then this memorable safari in Tanzania is ideal for you.

per person

9 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.

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