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The lion is one of the four big cats in the genus Panthera, and a member of the family Felidae. With some males exceeding 250 kg in weight, it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. Wild lions currently exist in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia with a critically endangered remnant population in Gir Forest National Park in India, having disappeared from North Africa and Southwest Asia in historic times. Until the late Pleistocene, about 10,000 years ago, the lion was the most widespread large land mammal after humans. They were found in most of Africa, much of Eurasia from western Europe to India, and in the Americas from the Yukon to Peru. Lions live for ten to fourteen years in the wild, while in captivity they can live longer than twenty years. In the wild, males seldom live longer than ten years, as injuries sustained from continual fighting with rival males greatly reduce their longevity.

Lion African Safaris

An African lion safari is the ultimate adventure holiday and one of the prime attractions in Africa. The king of the beast has always held a fascinating mystique among the human population even despite it's dangerous nature.

So it will come as a major surprise to many to learn this almost invincible looking animal is in grave danger of being wiped off the face of the planet. Not by any freak of nature but by human intervention.

Yes, you cannot stop progress, even in Africa where more and more land is being made available for farming and urban development with the resultant effect; an encroachment into the natural habitat of the lions.

The problem exists with man and lion trying to occupy the same space - one claiming the land as their own while the other is refusing to budge. The consequences are dire for the lion as they see livestock suddenly grazing on territory which they once ruled. To them, it's just another addition to the food chain which they're top of but their big mistake is actually hunting and killing this livestock for food.

They are paying the price either by copping the wrath of farmers, or being forced away from their own territory. So if you are thinking of taking an African lion safari then now is a good time to consider it.

The African lion is finding refuge these days in national reserves where it is safe from human intervention. There are some excellent locations you can visit to see the lion and we have our top four destinations.

Top African Lion Destinations

Our four must vist areas to see the cats in all their glory include:

- Kenya's Masai Mara which has the ideal setting for the king of the jungle. Open plains makes viewing and photographing the big cat relatively easy.

- South Africa's Kruger National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa and it is also home to the African lion. Guided tours will take you to where the big cats congregate however, given their daily ritual of sleeping for extended periods of time, getting glimpses of the flowing mane of a big male can sometimes be hit or miss.

- The Serengeti plains in Tanzania during the wildbeest migration is possibly the best time to vist Africa for a lion safari. There's plenty of food on offer and the big cats are there in numbers to get their fill.

- Namibia doesn't often come up in discussion when talking about an African lion safari but if you really want to see them, then put it on your must see list. The Etosha National Park is set up such that spotting them is relatively easy. Although some care needs to be taken, watching them in this environment is an exciting experience.

The king of the beast has always held a fascinating mystique among the human population even despite it's dangerous nature.

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