We have put together six of the best National Parks in Africa where we think are the best places to see lions. The team at Inspirational Travel will be more than happy to help you put together a safari holiday to see these beautiful cats.
In the north-west of Botswana, the Okavango River empties into the Kalahari Sands, creating the largest inland river delta in the world. While the Okavango Delta is home to relatively few large game animals in comparison to other areas in Botswana, its clear waters and myriad small islands are home to an astounding variety of birds, plants and smaller species of animals
Kruger National Park, this vast bushveld ranges from hundreds of miles and has probably the greatest diversity of wildlife and birdlife in Africa, from the might elephant to the tiny field mouse and over 500 species of birds. Luxurious accommodation options are plentiful and you can sleep under the Milky Way with down duvets and percale cotton high in a tree or under Ralph Lauren sheets in a suite with your own heated pool.
The Masai Mara is situated in south-west Kenya on the border of Tanzania. It is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves and stretches 1,510 sq km and rises 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level. It is home to over 95 species of mammals, including; lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes and elephants to name a few, as well as 570 recorded species of bird. The areas has been classified among the “Seven Wonders of the World” due to the extraordinary annual migration from July to November when over 1.3 million wildebeest and zebra cross from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara in search of greener pastures.
With its unparalleled opportunities for wildlife viewing and seeing Africa at its most untamed, the Serengeti National Park offers a synchrony of beauty and nature like no other place. This world-famous is renowned for the largest wildebeest and zebra migration on the planet, which is usually triggered by rains in locations many miles away from where they are. This migratory pattern, observed by close to three million animals, is undoubtedly the biggest animal spectacle the world over.
Etosha National Park is made up of a vast salt pan and is so large it can be seen from space. The ‘Pan’ provides a great, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrub. The pan itself contains water only after very good rain and sometimes for only a few days each year, but is enough to stimulate the growth of a blue-green algae which lures thousands of flamingos. As a water source there is abundant wildlife that congregates, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings. Etosha National Park is home to over 340 species, including; close to 3,000 elephants. 300 black rhinos, one of the biggest populations in Africa – 27,000 wildebeest, 7,000 zebra and a rare antelope species. Lions, cheetahs and hyenas are relatively common sightings and leopards often lurk in the tangled vegetation around waterholes.
The South Luangwa National Park is regarded as one of the most exciting game reserves in the world and the Luangwa Valley is home for a huge variety of animals and birdlife with the numbers around the Luangwa River amongst the most concentrated in Africa. The river is the life-blood of the park and the seasons run around the level of the water with the high season being from April to October. It does get very hot as you get towards the end of the high season but the game viewing also reaches its height at this time! The “walking safari” actually originated in the Luangwa Valley and there is no better place in Africa to experience the natural world out of a vehicle than here. There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species recorded in South Luangwa National Park. Among the animals you are highly likely to see hippos, elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes, antelopes, buffaloes, monkeys and wild dogs.