African Lion - Panthera leo of Southern Africa -- Bio Statistics:

To most, the African Lion needs no introduction.  It is known as the 'King of the Jungle', and has earned its place as one of Africa's 'Big 5'.   African Lion are magnificent and beautiful animals: to many the roar of a lion in the wild represents the very essence of Africa.

SIZE: Shoulder height (m) 1.2m (f) 1.05m; weight (m) 180kg, (f) 130kg.

COLOUR:  Tawny, but varies from almost silvery yellow to reddish brown with paler undersides (female belly yellowish to almost white); yellow to black mane.  Faint, leopard like spots on young sometimes retained into adulthood. The White Lions of the Timbavati are very white!

MOST LIKE:  Unlikely to be confused with any other animal.

HABITAT:  Variety of habitats, from open savanna to semi-desert; never in forests.

DOMAIN:  Northern Namibia, Botswana, northern & southern Zimbabwe, northwestern & central Mozambique, Mpumalaga and Limpopo, The Kruger National Park, and the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park of the northern Cape.

The "Big 5":LionLeopardElephantBuffaloRhino

Best places to see the African Lion in Southern Africa:

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Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park
Typical bush birding accommodation.
Bush Accommodation!


Kruger National Park - South Africa's biggest nature reserve is home to aproximately 2500 lions!
Pilanesberg National Park (South Africa)
Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park (South Africa)
Kalahari Gemsbok National Park (South Africa)
Etosha National Park (Namibia)
Chobe National Park (Botswana)
Kasunga National Park (Malawi)


Mala Mala Game Reserve
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Phinda Resources Reserve
Timbavati Private Game Reserve
Shamwari Game Reserve
Londolozi Private Game Reserve
Singita Private Game Reserve
Ngala Private Game Reserve
Makalali Private Game Reserve


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Game Lodges,

Ruimte River Lodge -- Hoedspruit Area -- from the lodge you may visit the famous White Lions of the Timbavati


Okavango Delta (Botswana)
Savuti Marsh (Botswana)
Mashatu Game Reserve (Botswana)
Kaokaveld in northwestern Namibia

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