The African lions (Jungle Kings) are vigorous, amazing and they have different traits of living. There are both male and female lions, the males are larger in size than the females and they also have manes, though some of the male lions in Africa don’t have manes. They are mostly found in Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Scientific name; Panthera leo
Where and how they live; the African lions live mostly in national parks or reserves in open woodlands, savanna grasslands and scrubs. They live in groups where each group is referred to as a pride, it consists of males, females and the young ones, the leader is a male who is considered to be the most powerful so as to protect their group from attacks of different groups or other animals.
What they eat; the African lions are carnivores, they feed on other animals in the parks where they live. The most hunted animals include antelopes, impalas, buffalos, Zebras, giraffes, hippos among others.
Best places to see African lions
The best and safest places to see the jungle king in Africa (African lions) are the national reserves or parks.
When you go for a safari to the places given below, you cannot fail to see how they live, interact and feed giving you an astonishing and unforgettable experience.
Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda; this park is located in the southwestern part of Uganda and one of the most popular game parks in Africa. Queen Elizabeth National Park harbors different wildlife like elephants, lions, warthogs, hippos, buffaloes, kobs among others.
The most and amazing creatures in Queen Elizabeth National Park are the legendary tree climbing lions that live in the plains of Kasenyi and Ishasha, they are seen on game drives through the plain´s savanna grasslands. The game drives can be done in the morning hours or evening depending on your safari and interest, these drives are arranged by the park rangers. Most amazing is to see the lions of Queen Elizabeth resting up on the trees giving a picture of how lazy and peaceful they can be.
Etosha National Park, Namibia; this park is located in Northwestern Namibia covering an area of 22,270 square kilometers, it got its name from Etosha Pan. Etosha means `great white place´ in Ovambo language, this pan covers an area of about 5000 square kilometers.
Etosha National Park has a savanna desert climate but it inhabits different wildlife and they really survive in this desert. Am now interested in the desert lions of Etosha National Park, it has over 200 lions and are seen during game drives.
Lions in Etosha NP are easily spotted during dry winter months when they come to waterholes for prey since different animals (prey species) come to quench their thirst. The lions are mostly seen around Okondeka waterhole on kill or with their prey, to see a pride of lions putting down an animal is epic, it’s touching and unforgettable experience.
Okavango delta, Botswana; Okavango delta is one of the largest inland deltas in the world, it covers an area of approximately 21000sqkm and is situated in northern Botswana.
The Okovango delta is formed by the rain floods from Angola and the Okavango river that flow into the vast grasslands and plains, this place is so natural, calm and so attractive. The delta is a source of life to different wildlife like birds, plants and animals, of which one of them are the lions.
The duba plains of Okavango are known to harbor bigger and powerful lions than the usual ones, the water and grasses in this area makes it attractive for buffaloes making it a good hunt spot for the lions. The lions are seen during game drives and nature walks led by an experienced guide. Amazingly, the Okavanga lions also swim!!!!!!, it’s such a worthy experience to see the swimming lions and also seeing a lion or pride on hunt of kill.
Chobe National Park, Botswana; Chobe NP is Botswana`s first National park and one of the largest parks covering 11,700sqkm, it is located north of Botswana near Okavango delta. Chobe National Park has a variety of vegetation and the Chobe river give life to different wildlife.
Let me take you to the powerful Lions of Chobe National Park, they mostly live in the Savuti area and the lagoons and woods near Linyanti Marsh, and are seen on game drives through the Savuti area and along the banks of river chobe when they come to hunt other wildlife as they have come to quench their thirst. It is such a rewarding experience to see the great powerful lions of Chobe National Park put down big animals like giraffes, elephants and buffalos.
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe; located west of Zimbabwe, Hwange NP is the largest covering an area of 14,651sqkm. Hwange National Park has different wild animals like elephants, lions, wild dogs among others, all these are supported by a xerophile vegetation covered by the mopane woodland, grasslands and seasonal wetlands.
Hwange National Park is considered a lion conservation unit since it offers an excellent habitant for lions, they can easily be spotted throughout the park especially at the water sources when they come to feast on the animals that come to quench their thirst.
Serengenti National Park, Tanzania; Serengeti National Park is located in the northern part of Tanzania, one of the oldest and famous parks in Africa, and it covers 14,750sqkm. Serengeti National Park`s vegetation covered by savanna grassland, acacia, fig trees, shrubs and grasses, and the Grumeti rivers give life to different wildlife including the African lions.
Serengeti has a good number of lions and a large number of animals like wildebeests, zebras among others that provide prey for the lions in this park. The African lions are spotted during game drives along water sources when they go for a hunt and also in the plains during the amazing and legendary wildebeest migration,
when they come they attack the animals on the move, this migration happens in July and August, where millions of animals leave to Maasai Mara around September for greener pastures and back to home in October. All this makes it easy to see a lion hunt or catch its prey in the Serengeti wilderness, giving you an amazing experience.
Ruaha National Park, Tanzania; Ruaha National Park is one of the largest national park in Tanzania covering 20,226sqkm, it lies in Rungwa-Kizigo-Muhesi eco-system and was named after Ruaha river which flows along its south-eastern margin.
Ruaha National Park`s semi-arid vegetation with miombo woodland, acacia and baobao trees, Ruaha river, Wetlands and the Ruaha gorge, all these bare a home for various exceptional wildlife, and mostly gives good spots and epic views for predators.
let’s talk about the lions of Ruaha NP, Ruaha has a quite good number of lions making it easy to see them in the plain grasslands lazing around during game drives and along the water sources during the dry season when the prey species come to quench their thirst.
Other places in Tanzania include; Ngorongoro Crater in the Ngorongoro Conservtion Area and Lake Manyara NP.
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia; South Luangwa NP covers 9,050sqkm and is located in eastern Zambia, in the Luangwa valley. The vegetation of South Luangwa National Park and the physical features like the lagoons and Luangwa river provide home and life to different wildlife for example Zebras, Lions, crocodiles, hippos buffaloes and elephants among others.
South Luangwa National Park his park gives a clear view of the Luangwa valley lions, they can be viewed during walks or drives through the park and sometimes they can be seen on a hunt along the Luangwa river.
Other places in Zambia include; Busanga Plains of the Kafue Flats National Park.
Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa; Great Kruger is located in the northeast of South Africa, it covers and shares boundaries with private game reserves letting wild animals move freely to Kruger and back to the reserve. Greater Kruger National Park harbors different wild life, of which some are lions, its known for having large numbers of white lions.
The lions in Greater Kruger are easily spotted in the central plains and also further south of the park, the lions are viewed on game drives and they are best viewed during winter season. The Greater Kruger National Park has different reserves like Sabi Sands and Timbavati Game Reserves that are best for lion viewing. All in all, you are assured to see different lion prides when you visit Great Kruger National Park.
Maasai Mara National Park, Kenya; Maasai Mara National Park covers 1,510sqkm, it is located in the southwestern part of Kenya with in the Mara area and it’s an extension with Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.
Maasai Mara National Park`s open tree Savannah vegetation covers the plains and hills that harbor various wildlife including the Lions and prey species like wildebeest, elephants among others give a living to lions.
The Maasai Mara national park´s famous tree climbing lions are seen in the open savanna grasslands during game drives and also seen during the famous wildebeest migration when they come to attack the animals on move.
Other places in Kenya include; Tsavo National Parks.