Hluhluwe Game Reserve/Umfolozi Game Reserve have an estimated 130 Lions as of 2010.
The African Lion is also one of the Big 5 (predator-Panthera Leo)
Description: A large robust Cat, with a large muzzle with smooth coat and whitish underparts. Ears are white inside. Tail long with black tassel at the end or tip. A male Lion will develop a mane by year 3 this will may vary in color from blond to black. Cubs have brownish spots that fade by 3 months but may persist on the belly as an adult.
Height: 1.1-1.2 meters
Weight:122-240 kg ( record 260 kg )
Habitat: Grasslands and savannahs, woodlands and dense bush.
Breeding: Year round with peaks in rainy season. 1-6 cubs born after just 3,5 months gestation
Lions will eat evrything from tortoises to giraffes, however they will tend to hunt the prey they grew up eating and custome may vary from pride to pride. Lions are sociable; related females share a traditional home range, tend to reproduce in synchrony and cross suckletheir offspring. Prides may vary in size from 2 to 3 upto 40 Lions. Pride members preform a greeting ritual upon meeting, they rub their heads and side together with tails looped and high. Females are lifelong residants of their mothers’ territories unless food is scarce. Adoloscent males will be forced to depart the pride as they may be seen as rivals to their fathers. They will remain as nomads for upto 2 to 3 years until they mature and then will seek a pride to take over.
Sightings of Lion in the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve vary according to various factors 1 being water and season. In the dry season hunting is more progressive and succesful as they will ambush at watering holes. The areas for good sightings in the park remain in the Umfolozi Reserve and the area or pinpoints being Sontuli Loop and Number 17. The Black Umfolozi River is always a good area as well to keep a eye out.
Heritage Tours & Safaris offers Photographic opportunities to witness the African Lion in the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve. An African Lion Safari to witness the mighty Lion will live on for years, Heritage Tours & Safaris have a very good success rate in sigthing Lion in the Hluhluwe Reserve and we hope that you will join us.