At a Glance:
These mighty cats are one of the most recognised members of the Big 5 and African wildlife at large. The lion is a large carnivorous feline mammal boasting a short tawny-coloured coat, a tufted tail, and, in the male, a heavy mane around the neck and shoulders. A lion pride consists of related females and cubs residing in a home range or territory and males are typically nomads that have gained custody of a pride through competition with other males.
The Greater Kruger Area is a top pick for lion-spotting in South Africa. Lion prides are particularly easy to spot in Sabi Sand Game Reserve and just north of Sabi Sand, is Timbavati Game Reserve. With only a handful of known white lions in the wild - 5 of which are in Timbavati – you’d be wise to keep a keen eye open for these seemingly otherworldly and mesmerising residents (Tip: another place in South Africa where safari-goers can observe white lion is in Sanbona Wildlife Reserve). Other winning picks in the area include the Kruger National Park, Lion Sands, and Singita’s Ebony and Sweni lodges—both found in the very heart of ‘big cat country’.
The Okavango Delta is a magnificent destination to embark on a lion safari, but there is one place in particular that is sure to astonish even the most seasoned safari-goer, a place where lions take on buffalo — a feat almost unheard of. The remote northern reaches of the Okavango Delta are home to Duba Plains, an intimate camp set in among game-rich grasslands and seasonal floodplains. Only accessible by light aircraft, this camp is renowned for its resident lion prides and their unending battles with the thousands of buffalo that roam the area. These large lions are legendary for hunting in broad daylight and for swimming in the permanent channels that dot the landscape.
The Serengeti is a no-brainer when it comes to lion sightings. Thanks to its rolling plains abundant in prey, lion sightings here are regular occurrences. While most visitors flock to the Serengeti, you’d be mistaken for leaving Ruaha National Park out of your lion safari excursion. Ruaha is not only the largest park in the country — but one of its best-kept secrets, too. Thanks to low visitor numbers, wildlife sightings are largely undisturbed, leaving visitors free to marvel at Ruaha’s impressive predator population — notably lion.
The perennial motion of The Great Wildebeest Migration acts as a bottomless buffet for the Masai Mara National Reserve’s lion population. With its grasslands brimming with an impressive ungulate population, it will come as no surprise that a plethora of predators, particularly lions, follow in their enticing wake. The lion population in the Maasai Mara is impressive and sightings are common.
The density of wildlife in the South Luangwa National Park lends itself to sublime game-viewing opportunities, while its savannah grassland, Luangwa River system, and open plains make it an ideal environment for lion. Sightings of Africa’s most renowned big cat are recurring thanks to its thriving population and the abundance of prey.
Kruger Park Fly-In Safari
We can have you in the heart of the Sabi Sand private game reserve in less than an hour and a half from Johannesburg! This four-day luxury safari is a popular add-on to other attractions in Southern Africa.
Cape Town, Kruger Park and Victoria Falls
This is once in a lifetime stuff! Our 'Three of the Best' special incorporates the very best of Southern Africa, from the beaches of Cape Town to the Big 5 in the Kruger. And it's all washed down with one of the 7 Wonders of the Natural World.
Kruger Park Safari and Victoria Falls
This tour combines 3 nights in Kruger National Park with 3 nights at Victoria Falls. Marvel at the Big 5 in Sabi Sand Game Reserve & one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World!
Dee’s Ultimate Tanzania Experience
12 days of the best of East Africa
Highlights: Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater National Park, Serengeti National Park, Zanzibar
North Coast - KZN Safari - Drakensberg
Explore the hidden gems of KwaZulu-Natal on this gentle 10-day self-drive tour that goes from pristine beaches to Big 5 bush safaris and ends off with a gourmet retreat at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains.
Manyara - Serengeti - Ngorongoro
This safari tour includes the best of Tanzania when it comes to wildlife, with sights totally unique to this part of Africa. Visit the National Parks of Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro and enjoy excellent wildlife viewing and landscape panoramas.
Kruger - Cape Town
If you are in search of the ultimate luxury and relaxation, then this is the tour for you. This exclusive tour offers accommodation in South Africa's most elite lodges and a private safari experience second to none.
Safaris and Sandy Beaches
Spend 4 nights on safari at the award winning Londolozi Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand and then jet your way to Mauritius for 7 nights of white sands and clear seas.
Gareth’s Elegant African Holiday
An 18-day elegant tour of Southern Africa
Highlights: Cape Town, Hermanus, Franschhoek, Kruger National Park, Bazaruto Archipelago
Best of KwaZulu-Natal
This two-week self-drive tour starts and ends in Durban. With the Drakensberg and Midlands, historic Battlefields and exclusive Phinda Game Reserve as well as Rocktail Bay sandwiched in between, it is easily the best of KwaZulu-Natal.
Serengeti - Ngorongoro - Zanzibar
Discover the amazing highlights of Tanzania with this 9-day luxury safari that includes three iconic East African destinations: the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Zanzibar Island. You get to experience both a safari experience and beach getaway in one vacation.
Rwanda - Kenya - Serengeti
Experience the best and most that East Africa has to offer. This part of the world is unlike any other and worth a trip in this lifetime. This itinerary includes gorilla trekking in Rwanda, game drives in Kenya, a Serengeti experience, as well as Zanzibar island!
Bianca’s African Spectacular
16 days of the best of Southern Africa's luxury and beauty
Highlights: Victoria Falls, Kruger National Park, Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Whale Route
Responsible Rhino Tour
At Rhino Africa we take our impact on the environment very seriously, which is why we can plan your tour to be as green as possible. This Responsible Rhino Tour incorporates some of Southern Africa's most responsible hotels and eco-lodges.
East African Explorer
An African Safari touches something deep within all of us - an experience never to be forgotten. This tour combines the intriguing cultures and beautiful landscapes of Kenya and Tanzania with excellent opportunities for spotting the Big 5.
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