Today marks World Lion Day 2016, a global campaign to celebrate and help protect lions worldwide. Founded in 2013 by Rae Kokeš and David Youldon from the African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (ALERT), World Lion Day encourages you to support several organisations that work towards preserving the future of the King of Beasts.
In honour of this remarkable day, here are several of our favourite African Safari camps and lodges where encountering a pride is just a game drive away.....
Ker and Downey Botswana boasts the ultimate lion location within the Moremi Game Reserve. Okuti Camp has a scenic setting alongside the Maunachira River, which flows through the Xakanaxa Lagoon, making a relaxing retreat after a day of game viewing lions - big and small!
Deep within Marsh Pride territory, this eco-friendly Camp is completely hidden in a riverine forest, on the banks of the Mara River. Sentinel is a delightful reminder of bygone era, formed of seven, well spread-out, luxury tents.
Somalisa Camp is set in the heart of Hwange National Park, the famous home of Cecil's pride. From the seven elegant Sail Tents, clients can explore the area on foot and by vehicle - inlcuding night drives. Walk in the paw prints of Cecil's cubs or let the game come to you when relaxing in the splash pool, which overlooks a natural waterhole.
Located in the Mfuwe sector of Zambia's South Luangwa National Park, Kafunta has had some spectacular lion sightings over the years. Often recognised as a destination for encountering leopards, these arent the only big cats spotted on game drives from the lodge. Earlier this week 3 lionesses and a cub were seen wondering through the camp.
Although Chobe National Park is famous for its large herds of elephants, lions are also regularly spotted in the area. And with Muchenje's unique location in the Reserve, guests often experience more private sightings, away from the main Park.
Scenically located on the Talek River on the edge of the Mara Reserve, this 12-room camp was the first in Kenya to receive gold eco-rating - but that isn't the only reason your clients should visit. Lions are frequent to the camps surroundings, making a sighting almose garaunteed!