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Lion

The sighting of a lion or even of a pride of lions is one of the most desirable highlights of any visit to a game reserve. Hours can pass, especially watching the clumsily frolicking young cubs, and one can easily forget how dangerous they are going to be.

Lions can weigh up to 200 kg. When attacking, they can reach a speed of 50 km/h and jump 12 metres. Lions almost exclusively prey on plant-eating hoofed mammals. After having killed their prey, they sometimes eat the intestines first, and the meat only afterwards. Hunting is done primarily by the females, but the males, nevertheless, get the "lion's share" of the prey.


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Game Reserves: Best for lion observation is the Kalahari Park (South Africa) and second best is the Etosha Park (Namibia).

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Warning: Lions lying in wait in the high grass are not easy to spot. Leaving the car is not permitted in game parks.

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