Taking photos of lions in Africa could possibly be on every wildlife lovers bucket list.
Visiting the safari game parks in Africa was one of the most rewarding travel experiences I have ever had. The memory of riding through the savannah in an open topped van, and camping under the stars to hear the lions roar at night is still strong in my mind.
Which Season is Best?
The dry season – the grass is short making it easier to spot wildlife. Also, the choice of drinking water holes for the lions will be fewer so they are moving around more in search of water, therefore your chances of watching them socialize at waterholes is greater.
What Time of Day?
Lions are most active at dusk and dawn hunting for food. It is very hot in Africa, so during the day they are usually hibernating in the shade.
Get up real early to catch them at play, rest during the day, and then go out again just before sundown.
Hot Tip – Lions like to sleep on the road at night to soak up the day’s heat trapped in the tar. If you’re up early enough you can usually run into one on the road. There were several times I turned a corner to find a lioness resting on the warm tar.
Be patient. Spotting lions can take time. And spend the money to buy a good lens, at the very minimum a 300mm zoom but preferably a 600mm zoom lens.
Photos of Lions in Kruger National Park, South Africa
Lion Sanctuary, Harare, Zimbabwe
Go on a Guided Walking Safari in Kruger Park
Getting on the ground with these magnificent beasts in their territory will get your heart pumping…