25 June 2012 by Kate Turkington

Lions for Africa

Great, small, young, old – you’ll find lions aplenty when you go game viewing in South Africa.

Mother and cub bonding at Singita Lebombo

You’ll find some of the best lion watching in the world in South Africa.

Bath time

From Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga to Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, and from Kgalagadi National Park in the Northern Cape to Madikwe Game Reserve in North West province, you’re guaranteed superb sightings of the rightly named King of the Beasts.

The sunset drive is best because then you get the double whammy of an African sunset and a spotlight night drive.

Early morning and late evening are prime lion-spotting times, when the big cats are still feasting on an overnight kill or waking up for the evening hunt.

A young lion at Kwandwe begins to wake up for the evening hunt

I have never been to Kruger and not seen lion (and I’ve been there countless times). If you don’t have a sighting from your vehicle, then go on a guided game drive from camp. The sunset drive is best because then you get the double whammy of an African sunset and a spotlight night drive.

If you’ve set your heart on 1 of the legendary black-maned lions of the Kalahari, then Kgalagadi National Park is your best bet. But book any national park accommodation as far in advance as you can, because it gets snapped up fast, particularly in the July/August and Christmas holidays.

You can even see free-roaming white lions at Pumba Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape.

And always check out specials – there are always lots on offer particularly in winter and high summer.

A free-roaming white lion at Pumba Private Game Reserve
A black-maned lion at Madikwe Game Reserve

Category: Wildlife


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