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THE BIG FIVE: African Lions, King Of The Jungle

Big Five - African Lions, King of the Jungle. Kruger National Park, South Africa

Big Five - African Lions, King of the Jungle. Kruger National Park, South Africa

*warning: some of the pictures in this post are a little graphic and show lions eating their prey. Feel free to skip to the link up if you don't want to see lions eating a Buffalo!*
While I loved seeing the Cape Buffalo, Elephants, and Rhinos, the big cats were the real highlight of the Big Five. First up: Lions, King of the Jungle.
King of the Jungle: African & White Lions. Kruger National Park, South Africa

King of the Jungle

First things first: the name King of the Jungle is kind of silly because lions technically live in the Savannah. BUT lions were once found in more jungle-like locations so I suppose we'll let the name stick. Moving on …

These animals are beasts: strong, fast, graceful, and incredibly lazy. After spending time watching lions, I now understand that their typical day is as follows: sleep, eat, sleep, casual stroll, sleep, kill something if available, sleep, eat, sleep. They basically sleep and eat all day long. That is why I, like so many others, was outraged when Melissa Backman shared this tweet:


(side note: this article made me want to punch the computer screen). Let's be honest for a second: It doesn't take much skill to “stalk a lion”. Lions literally sit in the shade all day and only move around when looking for food. Unlike a deer, lions don't take off at the slightest sound since they are at the top of the food chain and have no predators beyond humans. Yes, hunting lions is technically legal but many people are working hard towards making it an illegal activity. While the lion population is very large, the species populates less than 25% of historical territories.
King of the Jungle: African & White Lions. Kruger National Park, South AfricaKing of the Jungle: African & White Lions. Kruger National Park, South AfricaKing of the Jungle: African & White Lions. Kruger National Park, South AfricaKing of the Jungle: African & White Lions. Kruger National Park, South AfricaKing of the Jungle: African & White Lions. Kruger National Park, South Africa

White Lions

The first night of our safari we seriously lucked out. Not only did we get to see lions eating  a Cape Buffalo that they had hunted the night before, but we were able to see the legendary White Lions of Timbavati. White Lions are extremely rare; these lions are so rare that some of the staff members working at our game lodge had never seen them during their years! We were lucky enough to see 2 of the 3 local White Lions and a few others casually snack on the buffalo! This was probably the highlight of the safari.
King of the Jungle: African & White Lions. Kruger National Park, South AfricaKing of the Jungle: African & White Lions. Kruger National Park, South AfricaKing of the Jungle: African & White Lions. Kruger National Park, South AfricaKing of the Jungle: African & White Lions. Kruger National Park, South AfricaKing of the Jungle: African & White Lions. Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Nicole is a treasure hunter and pup mama located in Seattle, Washington. Loves travel, politics, lifestyle, TV, & wine. She's an unapologetic SJW & feminist AF.

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  • Seriously, is that woman joking? Who would want to shoot a lion and then brag about it. Sick. So sad. Your photos are brilliant, but all I can think of is that poor lion.

  • Kayla Koroush

    I love elephants… and lions. Hunting is wrong. Unless your a pot gut. Then watch out!

    • aren’t elephants and lions amazing?! So happy to have been able to see them up close and personal!

  • Your photos are making me dream of an African safari. Okay not so much the photo of the woman who shot the lion but the rest are so beautiful! In Iceland the most exciting animal you will see is a whale is your lucky (like very lucky and pay lots of money to go out on a boat) but they do have some cute sheep and Icelandic horses running around:) Looking the Treat Yo Self Thursday thanks for hosting!

    • oh you need to go on an African safari at some point. So beautiful. Although I would love to see a nice whale in Iceland!!

  • Wow! That is sooo cool about the White Lions.

  • thanks for the linkup. the lions look so cool, but will admit that I have to skip past the graphic pics. eek.
    — jackie @ jade and oak

  • Ugghh, that woman is the worst! But I’m loving these posts about the animals in S. Africa, I want to save them all, and hug them, and live on a rainbow with them (did you ever see that cat lady video? that’s what I’m quoting, I promise I’m not weird).

    • um, I had to look up the video and it is AMAZING! At first I thought that you were referencing the cat massage video. have you seen that one? look it up IMMEDIATELY.

  • lions are so pretty.

  • Oh my gosh! Amazing pictures! I want to go on a safari! haha
    ~Jessica

  • lions are so majestic!!! love these pictures!

  • I figured that most people would skip them :) thanks for linking up!

  • Must have been completely awe-inspiring to have seen them in person – I used to be OBSESSED with lions in middle school! I really should be now also, because judging by their lifestyle, they’re basically my spirit animals :)
    Perpetually Caroline

  • What beautiful animals! I will never understand why anyone would want to hunt them! Also, that is too cool that you got to see the white lions : )

  • Nicole, my jaw actually dropped when I saw these photos (especially with the white lions)! What an amazing experience to see such powerful, graceful animals up close and personal. I seriously want to pack all my things and move to South Africa :)

  • Unreal!! How lucky y’all were!

  • wow!! these are so beautiful. absolutely amazing pictures. cannot believe anyone would want to hunt these gorgeous creatures!

  • I love the lions! Lions and tigers are tied for Favorite Wild Animals for me. :) They absolutely deserve their “king of the jungle” title, too. If any animal embodies the word “majestic,” it’s definitely the lion.

  • Mar

    Again great photos! While I understand some need to hunt for subsistence and those species like moose, deer, etc are highly regulated, I do not agree with the hunting of these species. It’s purely for show and absolutely unnecessary. Thanks for sharing.

  • Wow, those pictures are amazing! As an ADPi, I was most excited to see lions when I went on an African safari a few years ago (our mascot, Alphie, is a lion!). We hadn’t seen any, then our very last night we went for a night game ride (which I think I told you about in a previous comment), and we saw EIGHT lions! One lioness walked very slowly around our Jeep for a while, so that was neat to be so close to her.

    P.S. – I had no idea hunting lions was legal! That seems crazy.

  • Fredrick Mutooni

    Shame on you for killing a lion. You have no remorse.