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28 July, 2009

Where is the Best Place to See Lions Mate?

Tourists often visit Africa with the ultimate purpose to see African Lions in the wild. Observing lions hunting or mating must be the most rewarding experience for any wildlife enthusiast - although the smaller creatures tend to offer even more pleasure to the astute observer. The question every tourist inevitably asks: "Where is the best place to see lions hunt/mate?"
Africa is riddled with nature reserves, both private and government owned, where African lions may be seen in their natural habitat. One of the reserves renowned for its sightings of the Big Five is the Mala Mala Game Reserve, which borders the Greater Kruger National Park. Several wildlife documentaries were filmed there, including some for National Geographic. The price range for this exclusive game reserve might however be out of most casual tourist's league.

One of the places I had the most success in observing lions mate, is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Close to Nossob Rest Camp, on the Botswana side and on the access road to Mabuasehube Game Reserve, tourists often find lions either hunting, resting or mating. Even the main road between Nossob and Twee Rivieren regularly deliver lions resting in the shade of the trees along the road. Due to the sparse vegetation in the semi - desert Kalahari landscape, spotting these magnificent creatures are easy.

The Kruger National Park is another nature reserve where lions are seen on a daily basis. In the middle of the Kruger National Park, the small camp of Balule regularly shakes with the roar of lions at night.

SAN Parks administer both the Kgalagadi and Kruger National Parks and their fees are reasonable by anyone's standards. Whether camping or staying in the other accommodation these parks offer, make sure you keep an eye - and an ear - out for the roar of the African Lions.

1 comment:

  1. The Kruger National Park is indeed among the best places in Africa to have a look on the ferocious kind of the jungle, Lions. The fastest way to reach is by flights to Johannesburg from where ever you belong to. Your trip will surely be a fabulous one. Come face to face with these spectacular creatures.