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"Lion" Top 5 Page for this destination Etosha National Park Things to Do Tip by leigh767

Etosha National Park Things to Do: 99 reviews and 237 photos

The king of the animal kingdom is truly a magnificent beast. These territorial cats will fiercely defend their territory, which can be anything from 50 to 400 sq km! Lions usually hunt in the night and for most of the day they are just napping, lazing around. Your best chances of seeing them in person will be in the very early hours of the morning, at dawn. As a reference, sunrise was at about 5.30am in late August/ early September, when I visited.

Diet-wise, even though lions can virtually hunt anything, the most common dishes on their menu are wildebeests, zebras, and buffaloes.

Fun fact 1: a lion’s roar can be heard from as far as 5 miles away!

Fun fact 2: young male lions are usually kicked out from their pride from as young as 2 to 3 years-old. From then onwards, they begin a period of nomadism, which ends when they’re about 5 years old, when they are old enough to take over their own pride.

I had the fortune of running into a pride of 11 lions on my last day in Etosha National Park. Our jeep found them at a waterhole, and it was the most fascinating thing to watch a group of cubs play with each other, forming the lion’s version of a train (or a conga line!) Also noteworthy was that they seemed engrossed with all things related to buttocks.

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  • Updated Dec 14, 2012
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  • King_Golo's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Some spectacular lion pictures - looking forward to seeing some myself in the next couple of weeks.


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