Photos of Lions in Africa

Photos of Lions

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.

Photography

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

 

Photos of Lions

Photos of Lions

Photos of Lions

Photos of Lions

Photos of Lions

Photos of Lions

Photos of Lions

Lion Sanctuary, Harare, Zimbabwe

Photos of Lions

Photos of Lions

Photos of Lions

Photos of Lions

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…

Photos of Lions

Photos of Lions
Picnic lunch in Kruger Park

Bonus Video

 

 

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Craig
Craig Makepeace is the founder of yTravel Blog and has been traveling the world since 2002, first with his wife Caz, and now with his two daughters. Get his free email series on the 4 best ways to reduce travel costs. Follow him on Google+

18 Comments on “Photos of Lions in Africa”

  1. Great photos! The shot you got of the lion eating is really good. Seeing lions and other African wildlife is definitely on my travel list!

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    • Hi Carolyn,

      Yes, we were very lucky to stumble on upon this scene. We didn’t se the actual kill take place, but the aftermath. Gruesome, but nature at it’s best.

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  2. Nice photos of your experience!

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  3. Very cool indeed! I would love to do this sometime.

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  4. That baby is so cute!

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  5. they are so amazing! they don’t even look real.

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  6. Great photos! I’m planning on visiting Kruger in December. Would you say it’s the best spot to see lions? Bringing a 100-400mm lens and a crop sensor camera, so hopefully I can get some good pictures like these!

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    • IT’s hard to say where is the best spot as the lions move around so much We always went to the Lower Sabie area and found plenty. You should be able to get some great photos with that lens

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  7. Hi Craig and Caz
    Amazing photos! Thank you so much for sharing this post. Definitely something I want to do. The tenth photo, the closeup of the lion’s face is so beautiful. The video is great too. I assume in the lion sanctuary they are taking care of them before they release them back into the wild. Is that a correct assumption? At the sanctuary do they mention how the population numbers are going? I hope the numbers of lions in the wild is going up and not down.
    Off to explore some more of your fab posts.
    Cheers
    Thea

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    • They are taking care of them before they release them. I think some of the babies can’t though as they were born in the centre. I am not sure about the numbers of lions. I think any animal in Africa could be seeing numbers going down, which is tragic. They are so beautiful

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  8. So awesome! Great pictures!

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  10. Oh lions make me scared :)
    Great photos thank for share!

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  11. It’s definitely on my bucket list, love the photos!

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  12. Great photos. The quality of picture is amazing.

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  13. Good pictures. East Africa is a great place to check out lions. There are tons of them in Kenya. :)
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  14. Amazing animals and I’m really starting to like your blog!

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