The Best Place in Africa to See Lions: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

I didn’t have Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on my list of things to do on this trip through Southern Africa.  Then, a friend of mine mentioned that it might be the best place in Africa to see lions.  He said that on his trip to the park, he saw over 20 lions, in various prides, before breakfast one day.  So, when I looked it up on the map, and realized that it really wasn’t all that far out of my way, I decided to add it to my schedule.

Now, since I’m a bit behind on my blog here, I thought I’d just mash both of my videos from my trip to Kgalagadi into one blog post.

The first is a 4k video I shot in the park.  Day 1 in Kgalagadi was unreal. It started off pretty slow, but then just as the sun was about to set I came across 2 young male lions.  Not only were they active, but they just seemed to constantly be walking through beautiful light for photography.  It was amazing.  These lions, too, are the famous black mane Kalahari Lions.  So, it was incredibly special to see.  Of course, there was more to the day than just lions. Check it out.

Then, my second day spending Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park I again went on a game drive. I again learned why this is the best place in Africa to see lions.  Not only do you see a lot of lions in the park, but you have really special moments with them.  Rarely are there other vehicles around when you see them, and most of the time the lions are really close.

I should say, too, that this park isn’t just know for lions, but a great place to see big cats of all kinds.  There are also lots of Cheetahs, and Leopards in the park.  On my two drives, I saw 2 leopards as well, though I wasn’t lucky enough to see Cheetahs.  There are also some more rare cats like Caracal an African Wildcats within the boundaries.

Some Photos from Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

I think I had some pretty good luck with the photography side of things in the park.  I got some great wildlife hanging around some beautiful light.  On a couple occasions it just all came together.  I’m pretty happy with things considering these were all shot on just 2 game drives.

Gemsbok, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

First sighting in the park was a beautiful Gemsbok in some nice light.

Best Place in Africa to see lions

Maybe my favourite lion photo I’ve ever taken.

Bee Eater, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Love these bee-eaters!

Giraffe, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Lots of Giraffe in the park as well. No Rhinos or Elephants, but lots of these guys.

lion, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

First sunset, lion was on the prowl!

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Not really sure what kind of bird this is, but it is beautiful.

Lions, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Loved seeing these guys on the prowl.

owl, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Beautiful owl. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is underrated for the bird life.

lion

Lots of shrub made this a fun and challenging place to photograph the lions.

lion kill, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

A lioness and a wildebeest kill.

Leopard, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

A leopard! So beautiful.

What’s Next?

From here, I head into Namibia and some of my favourite places on the planet. I love Namibia, and am excited to be going back to places like Sossusvlei and Etosha.




Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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16 Comments

  1. Stunning images you can feel the heat and the dust

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  2. A friend is daring me to do the 365 photography challenge this coming year. But I’m terrified because my photography skills suck. How did you become so good? The photo of that owl is mesmerizing.

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    • Funny you say that because I always attribute my growth as a photographer to the year I did the 365 photo challenge. hahaha

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  3. Great article with good insights. It will help people who are planning to go to Africa.

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  4. Stunning photos, thank you for the report. We are on our way to Botswana, looking forward to it. Hope not to be a wise guy, but the antelope in the first picture is a Oryx, not a Gemsbock.

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    • Haha, I always mix those two up! Thanks for checking out the page.

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  5. Wow! beautiful animals, thanks a lot for taking the video and pictures with such high quality. Watching them has been a great experience 🙂

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  6. Africa has got large numbers of Lions, I also love to go to such places, where you can find variety of lions, that too in large quantity. Really amazing captured photographs of lions. It is looking really wonderful.

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  7. Loved your article too. Have been there once, in July 2014 and fell in love with it. Dont know when I will ever get back there to go and fetch my heart.

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  8. Thanks for sharing this useful Information about Africa Tourist Place with us, this post really very useful for me ,

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  9. The pictures are really incredible. Thanks for sharing this article.

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