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In Search of Lions on Safari

It may be an obvious question and answer, but there are some areas of Southern and Eastern Africa that are simply exceptional for sighting Lions in the wild.

The following is a small selection of exclusive safari camps and locations for experiencing the thrill, the fascination and dream of spending time amongst Lions… but don’t just take our word for it, come to Africa and witness this incredibly special species for yourself.

Visiting Africa responsibly is what we are all about, it’s a passion for our team to ensure we provide amazing experiences whilst operating in a way that your money goes to genuine tourism conservation efforts, which ultimately help save species such as Lions. We appreciate your help in this.

So here we go…

Duba Plains Camp | Okavango Delta, Botswana

Recently rebuilt, Duba Plains is somewhat of a legendary safari camp, renowned for the local Lion versus Buffalo encounters featured in the wildlife films of Dereck & Beverly Joubert. The area is also superb for elephants and leopard also. The land and water based landscape means a very different approach to safari and a unique Lion behaviour to witness.

Infamous Lion vs Buffalo at Duba, captured by Beverly Joubert ©

Ethically rebuilt, the new Duba Plains Camp

Governors Camp | Maasai Mara, Kenya

Set in the heart of the Maasai Mara, nestled by the Mara River – Governors Camp is famous as being base camp for the BBC television series Big Cat Diary. Here you’ll find Legendary Lions, with royal bloodlines of world famous cats as featured in the TV programme. Many documentaries are still filed in this area and it’s no wonder why… magnificent Lions old and new.

One of the legendary Mara Lions known as ‘Lipstick’, photographed by Captured In Africa’s Paul Tully ©

An exquisite setting for Governors Camp

Namiri Plains Camp | Serengeti, Tanzania

You won’t find many tourists in Namiri, having been closed for 20 years to allow the local Cheetah population to recover. Lions have also been a key feature to this rejuvenated area, featuring in acclaimed National Geographic documentaries and imagery… and they’re beautiful Lions at that. An exclusive safari camp, set in an almost abandoned wilderness of grassy plains and rocky outcrops, providing a very private experience with these cats.

The endless plains of Namiri, Serengeti clearly shows off a Lions huge home range

Stunningly comfortable Namiri Plains tents

Ulusaba | Sabi Sands, South Africa

South Africa’s Sabi Sands is one of the very best destinations to see Leopard, but it’s also an area known for great Lions – from prides with those cute Cubs, to infamous coalitions of banded brother – Lions in the Sabi Sands is a very unique experience. Ulusaba (Sir Richard Branson’s Private Game Reserve) isn’t simply a name, is a way of safari – expert guiding, beautiful rooms, with guests treated as part of the family… all set in an enchanting wildlife area.

Cuteness comes in many forms, especially young Lion cubs, as photographed by Captured In Africa’s Drew Abrahamson ©

Ulusaba’s Rock Lodge, with the most impressive views to match your room

Lion Camp | South Luangwa, Zambia

The name says it all. Lion Camp and their expert guides were recently showcased in the British documentary series Lion Country – which followed the South Luangwa Lion prides (including the battle hardened Hollywood pride), their way of life, ordeals and adventures of young Cubs at play and learning. Lion Camp is currently being completely rebuilt and will re-open in May 2018 (booking now).

New camp, but same exciting Lion activity at Lion Camp, South Luangwa

Morning breakfast looking out on the plains

Shumba Camp | Kafue National Park, Zambia

“Some of the best Lion viewing in Africa” describes Shumba Camp operator Wilderness Safaris and it’s no wonder why. Another area featured in various nature documentaries covering the Lion interactions, similar to Botswana’s Okavango Delta, Lions here have a marsh to contend with, meaning their size is slightly larger than other areas of Africa due to the terrain. Busanga Plains is that marsh and it’s here that your twice daily game drives will venture for a dream of a safari.

A stare that will last forever in your safari memories from Busanga Plains

Spacious tents and at one with nature at Shumba Camp

What can we say? We love Lions!

#DidYouKnow that there are now only approximately 20,000 Wild Lions remaining in Africa?

If like us you’d like to do something about that, then simply by visiting Africa as a tourist, armed with your camera (any camera from a large scale SDLR or smartphone camera) and travelling responsibly to ethical destinations and responsible safari camps that give back to local people & wildlife conservation, then you can help far more than you may realise. Join us as we promote ‘Conservation Awareness through the Lens’

To enquire and to book your next dream safari, our team will do everything for you – including local flights, transfers, overnight hotels – complete with our exceptional touch.

Contact us today HERE

All images Copyright. Lead post image © Paul Tully, Captured In Africa


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