Tree climbing lions are on most photographers lists when it comes to safari. Along with cheetahs, and hopefully leopards. We were fortunate enough to see all.

Tree Climbing Lions

Tree climbing lion

But cats are not always easy to find.

They blend in with their surroundings:

African lions, tree climbing lions, cats

Cats can blend almost seamlessly into their environment when they choose to. A lion could be feet away and you’d never know it.

They hide in trees:

Tree Climbing Cats

You have to look closely to spot the leopard in this tree. Finding these animals is not always easy! And photographing them is something else entirely.


And your access is limited in the major parks in Tanzania. No off road driving.

But if you’re patient, if you search and if you have a bit of luck, you will find all sorts of interesting things. We saw lions mating, playing, climbing trees and stalking prey.

As a newbie to safari, all I did was snap photos. And learn. Next time, I hope to bring a more seasoned perspective to these most amazing animals.

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