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Lion in Tanzania

Home to 40 to 50 per cent of the world’s lions, Tanzania is one of the best countries in Africa to see them, and they remain a firm favourite with safari travellers.


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Quick facts about Lion

Scientific name: Panthera leo Habitat: Savanna & woodland
IUCN status: Vulnerable Adult weight: 120–225kg

Lions are in decline across Africa and as few as 30,000 remain in the wild. Tanzania is a hotspot for these iconic big cats and they are found in all the key safari areas, with sightings almost guaranteed – more than 90 per cent of our travellers see them here.

Due to Tanzania’s importance as a lion stronghold, there are several lion research and conservation projects in the country. This includes Kope Lion in the Serengeti and the Ruaha Carnivore Project in southern Tanzania.

Both projects emphasise monitoring lion populations while engaging with local communities to reduce human-lion conflict, conserving these magnificent cats for future generations.

8km

AUDIBLE RANGE OF ROAR

80km/h

TOP SPEED

4 months

GESTATION

ca. 15,000

POPULATION IN TANZANIA

Tanzania's top camps for seeing lions

Based on 264 reports since May 2018, the camps below have the best chance of seeing lions. Simply follow the key below.


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Where to see lions in Tanzania

Despite being in decline, lion populations in Tanzania are relatively high and most travellers can expect to see several prides and individuals during their safaris.


Top tips for viewing lions in Tanzania

Numerous prides can be found in the Serengeti National Park, where their silhouettes are easily spotted on the short grass plains. The Eastern Serengeti, around Namiri Plains camp, is particularly rewarding, but you can have excellent sightings anywhere. While prides normally number ten to 30 lions, they occasionally form super prides of more than 40 animals. The Serengeti males are particularly beautiful with their long, thick manes.

Ruaha National Park is also an outstanding lion area. More than 1000 cats live in this rugged landscape and, together with the wider population outside the park, they represent some 10 per cent of Africa’s lions. If you spend time around the Mwagusi River, you’ll be spoiled for choice, with several different prides in the area.

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Holiday ideas to see lions in Tanzania

These trip ideas include places that will give you a chance of seeing lions in Tanzania


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Marabou Stork Fly-in Safari

13 days • 5 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

Four luxurious camps enable exploration of Tanzania’s north and southern regions. With a range of land and water-based activities available throughout, decidedly comfortable accommodation and applicable long-stay discounts, this adventurous safari is excellent value.

US$13,390 - US$18,440 per person

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Regal Sunbird Fly-in Safari

12 days • 5 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

Experience the highlights of Tanzania with a safari in the country’s famous northern parks followed by historic Stone Town and the palm-fringed beaches of Zanzibar, staying in high-quality accommodation throughout.

US$7,780 - US$12,040 per person

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Dik Dik Safari

12 days • 4 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

Combine safari with peace and relaxation on Zanzibar’s white-sand shores during this exploration of Tanzania. Stay in three high-quality sister camps within Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park before concluding with a stay on Michamvi Peninsula.

US$7,310 - US$9,390 per person

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Turaco Safari

12 days • 4 locations
DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

This top-value holiday idea combines two safari areas with a week on the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar. Photograph lions and elephants, then relax under the palms on a powder sand beach.

US$4,550 - US$5,030 per person

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Red Colobus Monkey Safari

11 days • 3 locations
DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

This luxury holiday suggestion combines a wildlife safari in Ruaha National Park with a week on Zanzibar, exploring Stone Town’s narrow streets and relaxing on a palm-shaded beach.

US$5,260 - US$6,510 per person

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Flufftail Guided Safari

10 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Stay in three uniquely special camps as you safari across the Ngorongoro Crater and iconic Serengeti Plains with your private guide and 4WD vehicle: a trip of comfort and autonomy, filled with excellent wildlife.

US$11,190 - US$14,720 per person

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Firefinch Drive-Fly Safari

9 days • 3 locations
KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

Enjoy a combination of privately guided and shared game drives during this good-value exploration of Northern Tanzania. Explore game-dense regions from three comfortable bases where there are a variety of activities on offer.

US$7,790 - US$10,280 per person

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Martial Eagle Fly-in Safari

9 days • 3 locations
NAIROBI AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

This stylish fly-in safari visits two of Africa’s most iconic parks, the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya and the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

US$10,500 - US$14,310 per person

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Gorillas and migration

9 days • 3 locations
KIGALI AIRPORT TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

This luxury safari combines two iconic wildlife experiences, firstly trekking the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, then flying to the northern Serengeti in search of the wildebeest migration and spectacular river crossings.

US$14,770 - US$19,300 per person

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Jackal Fly-in Safari

8 days • 2 locations
DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT TO DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT

Enjoy a range of activities during this ultra-luxurious fly-in safari. Explore the remoter regions of Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve with phenomenal guides during stays at two impressively comfortable camps that remain perfectly in-keeping with their surroundings.

US$6,460 - US$7,910 per person

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Read tips for spotting lions in these countries and the best camps and lodges for sightings


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