Best Places To See Lions In The Wild : What would a safari be like without lions? Not at all. Because of this, Focus East Africa Tours specialises in taking its visitors to the top parks where they may see lion prides. Yes, safari visitors may get up close and personal with zebras, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, and many other exotic animals at these Kenyan wildlife parks. On the plains of Africa, though, it’s the lion—the recognisable “King of the jungle”—that electrifies those seeking adventure.
Continue reading to learn about our top parks for the ideal safari with African lions: the vast savannahs where prides go on their hunts and the refreshing glades where they go to the thick grass after a kill.
The Mighty Masai Mara
Possibly the most well-known animal park globally, and for good reason. An annual migration of wildebeest and zebra known as the Great Migration takes place in the Masai Mara National Reserve, home to several prides of lions. The abundance of grazers meets the nutritional demands of the numerous predators that prowl the Mara territories.
The park is home to what may be the largest concentration and quantity of lions in Africa, and the Maasai Mara national reserve is said to have the richest environment in the area. This is Kenya’s most visited reserve, where you will have the best chance of seeing these large cats out of all the parks.
Tsavo East National Park welcome sign
East and West Tsavo
All five of Africa’s “Big Five”—the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo—can be found in these enormous parks, which are the biggest in Kenya. But because the lion is the subject of our discussion, you should be aware that these parks are home to a unique subspecies of this large feline.
The male Tsavo National Park lions are distinct from other lions on the continent in that they lack the customary lengthy manes. However, they have a lengthy history of violence, and a folktale from long ago labels them as “man-killers.” They may be seen skulking around these expansive, dusty pastures that are surrounded by massive lava fields and acacia bush.
Samburu to the North
Samburu National Reserve , the most visited park in northern Kenya, remains comparatively undiscovered. Numerous animals, including cheetahs, leopards, and elephants, call it home. However, the main draw here is the lions, who prowl over the wide, arid plains and acacia woods. Along with the other parched residents of the park, you may find them quenching their thirst at the Ewaso Ng’iro River.
Samburu is a great area for lions. Elsa, the lioness, was raised here by the illustrious Joy Adamson of “Born Free” fame, from a small cub to an adult.
Ol Pejeta – A Special Conservancy
Ol Pejeta, which is so near to Nairobi that it can be visited in a single day, has an amazing array of animals, including many prides of lions. Pejeta’s grasslands, bush, and riverine woods are home to a variety of large and small cats, including African wild dogs, cheetahs, and leopards. Foxes, caracals, and jackals are among more predators.
The only location in Kenya where you can view chimpanzees in their native habitat is Sweetwaters Sanctuary, so stop by there if you want to take a vacation from the conservancy’s feline inhabitants.
A safari in Africa wouldn’t be complete without the thrilling experience of seeing lions in their natural habitat.