Africa Geographiclions
Blog Archives

Video: Are carnivores kings of the wild?

You might think that top predators have a superior position in the wild, though you might be mistaken after watching this video.

How African animals prevent sunburn

As the days get hotter and the nights get shorter, we switch our heaters for aircons, and pack away all the winter woollies. However, many wild animals have other (far more sophisticated) ways to cope with the heat.

The best places to see wild lions in Africa

lion viewing from a game drive vehicle, Khwai, Botswana

Aptly named the ‘King of Beasts’, lions are an iconic African wildlife species and are often high up on many travellers’ list of things to see when visiting Africa.

Video: Lion encounters at Lake Manze Camp in Selous

Usually on every traveller’s mind when going on a safari game drive are spotting those elusive lions.

Why do male lions form coalitions?

The 10th August is World Lion Day and to celebrate we have gathered some interesting facts about why male lions form coalitions.

Video: The tree climbing lions of Ishasha

Witness the phenomenon of the tree climbing lions in Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda.

A short life: Dramatic sighting in the Maasai Mara

lion and cub eating waterbuck calf

During a photographic safari to the Massai Mara, Kenya, we came across a really dramatic sighting: a lioness hunting a newborn waterbuck

Video: Lions hunting buffalo in South Luangwa

In South Luangwa National Park, the dry season (also known as the high season) is well known for its excellent game viewing opportunities because the bush is dry and there is less water available, resulting in high game concentrations and density around the Luangwa River.

Video: Lion cubs enjoy a hippo feast

lion on hippo carcass

A hippo carcass provides an exorbitant amount of food for predators, as well as a playground for lion cubs.

When the wild dogs met the lion cubs

two lions

So there we were out on the landrover, checking out some of our our new lion cubs, when the pack of wild dogs that often frequent our area came bouncing out of the bush right in front of us!

Wildlife photography: Making the best out of gloomy weather

Graeme from Go Wild Photography tells us more about wildlife photography and captures a unique sighting with a pride of lions.

Lion farmers in South Africa threaten big cats worldwide

South African lion farmers are supplying large volumes of lion bone, teeth and claws as ‘tiger parts’ to an insatiable Asian market – says a report recently published by the Environmental Investigation Agency. South Africa is the world’s largest exporter of lion body parts.

The trials and tribulations of Mara the lioness

Over the last four years, Mara has not been lucky when it comes to reproduction. Despite her efforts to increase members of the pride, she has not been successful; from three consecutive births none of her cubs have reached adulthood.

Video: Playtime for lion cubs

Life’s not as easy as it seems for the most adorable of all. But to a lion cub, everything seems pretty awesome growing up in a big family.

Lionesses take down buffalo

Guests at Ngoma Safari Lodge in Botswana were fortunate enough to witness this rather gruesome but incredible sighting whilst on a game drive through Chobe National Park: Three lionesses bring down a lone buffalo bull – and it’s not a pretty sight!

Kruger lions shot dead

The three lions that escaped from Kruger National Park in South Africa have been shot dead.

Escaped lions spotted outside Kruger National Park

SANParks, Kruger National Park

South African National Parks (SANParks) has received information that four male lions believed to have escaped from the Kruger National Park (KNP) last night, 9 July 2017 were spotted at Matsulu, a village outside the Park and would like to urge the residents to exercise extra caution.

Two more lions killed in Namibia

Two lions were shot and killed last week in communal farmland west of Etosha National Park in Namibia. The lions attacked a cow at night, and were killed in retaliation.

Lions: Witnessing a fantastic act of nature

When Ranger Morné and guests from Eagles Crag Lodge witnessed the Southern male lion mating with one of the Southern pride lionesses, they were utterly speechless.

Lions poisoned for bone trade

Poachers are using bait laced with poison to target and kill lions in Limpopo National Park, Mozambique, for the lion bone trade.

Stumpy the lion – Linyanti’s defending champion!

Stumpy, a territorial male lion in the area around Linyanti Bush Camp, Botswana, was caught on camera having a mighty fight with a contending coalition of lions.

Incredible sighting: lions, hippo and crocs!

The eastern pride of Matusadona lions were found feasting upon a deceased hippo along the banks of Lake Kariba, along with some curious crocodiles keen to join in on the meal.

The lion kings Ginger and Garlic

In South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, live two ferocious lions named Ginger and Garlic. These two brothers are the symbol of strength, ranking among the most powerful of all.

Photoseries: 6 interesting facts about lion cubs

Lion cubs are one of the famous cuties of the African bush and guests of Vula Tours were fortunate enough to come across a pride of them while out on a game drive in South Africa.

Two former circus lions poached at sanctuary

In 2016, 33 lions freed from circuses in Peru and Colombia were transported to South Africa to live out their days in a wildlife refuge. Last week, poachers broke into the sanctuary, killing two of the big cats.

The tree climbing lions of Ishasha, Uganda

tree climbing lions, Queen Elizabeth NP, Uganda

While it constitutes an unspoiled savannah landscape dotted with forests regularly patrolled by resident chimps, it is the famed tree-climbing lions that pull the intrepid explorer. It is one of the few places in Africa where when your guide shouts “lion!”, you look up!

Lions killed near Hwange after they predate a cow

Two female lions were shot dead in the Dete area near Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe – for ‘Problem Animal Control’ (PAC) reasons.

The lions of the Serengeti

Living in the grasslands, scrub, and open woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa, lions persist in a handful of countries across southeastern Africa. Tanzania’s lion population is, by far, the largest in Africa.

Video: young lions form alliance in Botswana

lions, male

An alliance between five young male lions is brewing close to Khwai Tented Camp, Botswana.

New tree-climbing lions in South Luangwa


A new pride of tree-climbing lions spotted in South Luangwa!

Video: lions dangling in the rain


Watch this video showing the adorable antics of lion cubs as they play in the rain.

Photoseries: lions battle for territory

Two nomadic male lions fend off the resident male near Jackalberry Tented Camp in Namibia

Video: on safari with lions

A safari is an experience which can only be felt and understood when you actually do it! Many people dream of coming to Africa for a safari and this is not only because of the experience of being close to wild animals, but also the emotion of feeling alive.

Video: lion tug of war


The Hide seem to have some new maintenance managers! Check out this video of a pride of lions playing with some rubber pipes near camp.

8 amazing facts about lions

Changa Safari Camp have put together some interesting facts about lions

Photographing lions in Madikwe


Light and subject combine to make for the perfect wildlife photography experience with lions in Madikwe Game Reserve.

A new generation of the Avoca lion pride – in photos

The team at Makanyi Lodge are excited to announce that the Avoca lion pride has grown with the addition of six new cubs!

Who says summertime isn’t good for a safari?


An amazing game drive in the Timbavati shows that it doesn’t matter what time of year you go on safari.

Video: the theatre of life and death in the bush


In this video, the theatre of life and death in the bush plays out in front of guests at Amakhosi as a baby zebra fights for its life.

Video: lions on honeymoon!


Guests visiting Tintswalo Safari Lodge see lions mating in the Manyeleti Game Reserve.

Video: male lions and carcass chaos

Males are high up the pecking order within the pride structure and won’t tolerate anyone who challenges what is of utmost importance to their own genetic survival. Especially when it comes to food, lions are generally extremely competitive and will fight vigorously for their place at the carcass.

The highest density of lions in Africa?

Latest research just published shows that 2 of the places with the highest density of lions in Africa are Olare Motorogi Conservancy and Ol Kinyei Conservancy in the Maasai Mara eco-system in Kenya.

Video: Becoming the lion king

Practicing the skills needed for adult life is the most important part of any young animals journey in the wild! These little lion cubs are learning some crucial lessons.

Spring is in the air and the bush babies are born

What a cliché description of a season this has become and like all great clichés, this one rings true year on year. Whether its the sounds newborn calves and lambs resonating amongst the new grass or the smell of pollen, released into the air by freshly sprouted flowers adding rich colours to an already impressive tapestry.

Win a Big Cat Photographic Safari!

The winner of the 2017 Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Competition will enjoy a Big Cat Photographic Safari with At Close Quarters. Find out more about it here!

Remembering Mohawk the magnificent lion

A personal account remembering Mohawk the magnificent lion of Nairobi National Park, Kenya

Jacis Lodges
Climbing Mount Nyiragongo
Africa Geographic