Since lions are one of the only sociable cat species, there's a good chance that if you spot one, you'll spot others too.
5 parks with the largest lion populations
1. Queen Elizabeth National Park (Uganda)
2. Serengeti National Park (Tanzania) and Masai Mara National Reserve (Kenya)
Tanzania is world-renowned for its super impressive commitment to wildlife conservation. So perhaps unsurprisingly, it has TWO national parks in this top-five list!
3. Ruaha National Park (Tanzania)
Ruaha is the perfect park to visit if you don't like crowds. Only around 100 people visit the park each day!
4. Kruger National Park (South Africa)
5. Hwange National Park (Zimbabwe)
Hwange National Park has a large lion population of roughly 500 individuals!
5 parks with the greatest lion densities
1. Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Tanzania)
Ngorongoro Crater – which is just 264 square km (102 square miles) – has the highest density of lions of anywhere in Africa!
2. Queen Elizabeth National Park (Uganda)
3. Moremi Game Reserve (Botswana)
4. South Luangwa National Park (Zambia)
5. Masai Mara National Reserve (Kenya)
Masai Mara National Reserve is believed to have somewhere around 600 to 800 lions!
Come to the Masai Mara between June and October for the chance to witness lions stalking the enormous herds of the Great Migration!
Top 3 African national parks for seeing lions
Maasai Mara National Reserve – this gorgeous reserve has many hundreds of lions (and they're pretty unfazed by vehicles), and it's a real treat if you get to see them stalking the herds of the Great Migration in summer! Queen Elizabeth National Park – this is a truly beautiful park that boasts a high density of lions, as well as lions that like to climb trees, and by joining a research team tracking collared lions, you're almost guaranteed to find some! Ngorongoro Crater (inside Ngorongoro Conservation Area) – the crater has the highest density of African lions of any park or reserve, and looking for them involves driving down into the world's largest unbroken caldera ... win!
Top tip for finding lions on safari
You have a better chance of spotting lions in the dry season than you do in the rainy season.
The vegetation thins out in the dry season, making lions easier to spot. Lions are forced to stay relatively near to rivers and watering holes in the dry season, so you know where you're likely to find them.