I Love Lions! Zimbabwe Travel Photo Story
Are you a cat person? Then seeing lions in the wild is probably one of your biggest dreams.
It is for me because I love cats of all kinds and lions are truly divine. But lions are elusive creatures and endangered so I wasn’t expecting to see any during my recent trip to Zimbabwe. I secretly hoped I would but it’s not something you can count on.
So it was a huge and incredible thrill to encounter lions nearly every day while staying at Kanga Camp in Mana Pools.
Mana Pools National Park is a wildlife conservation area in northern Zimbabwe which borders the lower Zambezi River and Zambia. When the rains come the plains flood forming four small lakes hence the name Mana Pools meaning ‘four pools’.
Mana Pools is a Unesco Heritage site and the least developed of all the national parks in Southern Africa. It’s a wilderness where wildlife runs wild, in particular elephant, hippopotamus and the more common African wildlife like impala and baboon.
But there are lions too, I saw them with my own eyes. All these lions were spotted on the Kanga Camp concession and are from the same pride of lions.
The lions I saw are very aware that they are being watched and strangely blase about it. They watch you back. They dare you to approach, they invited you to walk up and stroke them. But that would not be a good idea, not a good idea at all.
Those golden eyes, that dappled fur, those fluffy ears are deceptive. These lions are not a giant cuddly toy but finely tuned killers. I still love them though. I hope you do too.
Day One – Sunset game drive
Day Two – Sunset game drive
Day Two – Night time at Kanga Camp
Day Three – No lions spotted. I guess that was so I didn’t get blase about the whole thing.
Day Four – Early morning drive to the airstrip.
Do you love lions? What animals would you most like to see in the wild? Lions or something else?
I was a guest of Zimbabwe Tourism Authority during my stay in Zimbabwe and of African Bush Camps during my stay at Kanga Camp in Mana Pools with thanks also to Zimbabwe Bookers.
These babies are gorgeous, Annabel. I love cats, but I’m sure I would be very intimated by a lion. Thanks for this treat. It’s encouraging to know such beautiful animals continue to exist in our world.
Thank you! I hope they continue to exist forever and especially in the wild. It would be tragic if our generation finishes them off.
Fantastic photos Annabel, and I love the picture of the lions lapping water at night. You’re right you can almost hear them. Oh for the sounds of the African bush – magic.
It is magic – and you really could hear it when you were there – that’s how close we were!
The one in the shadow is my favourite! :-)
Thanks for sharing Charles. I love it too :)
One day, my dream is to see these big cats! Or tigers. To see them in the wild, in all of their majestic beauty would be amazing, and by looking at your photos, makes me incredibly envious that you have seen them up close.
Better start saving!
I hope your lion dream comes true – it’s definitely wirth saving for :)
I think I’d have a heart attack to see lions at night like that Annabel!! What lovely photos though and how great to see so many… next time, I am coming too!
It was exciting! Yes, you need to get yourself to Zimbabwe – it blew my mind in a good way :)