Outbound In Africa | 7 Best Places To Photograph Big Cats In Africa 


Here are some of the best places to photograph majestic cats in Africa


The mighty and fearless African lion demands instantaneous respect from every animal or person that enters near its presence.  The lion is used as a sigil by countries worldwide, as it symbolises that of honor, strength and dominance.  It is a species that most travel thousands of miles for and do so annually once they have experienced the majesty of the animal in its natural environment.  

The illusive cheetah

Don’t be fooled, however, as the lion is extremely popular to most but many prefer the illusive leopard that many only see glimpses of. The Leopard is stealthy and moves like a snake through the tall grass of its habitat. If you look away for a second, you might not even see it again – probably the best adapted large cat in Africa due to its varied diet. Leopards can catch prey twice their size as it stalks its prey without their notion, or fish some catfish that dares to swim close to the surface water. A cat that deserves admiration for their beauty and strength and their eyes that can bring kings down to take a knee.   

As the wind blows through the tall grass, a lone figure can be spotted, motionless and at full focus. It cuts through the vegetation like that of a knife through butter, effortless and without sound. It locks on to its unsuspecting target and starts to accelerate with speed so fast it defines the laws of gravity. Unknown to most, the Cheetah is actually not a “true” cat due to various physical factors that deems it fit to be part of the Panthera family tree, yet it holds its own with regards to most desired species to view by tourist on Safari.  

The cheetah accelerates with speed so fast it defines the laws of gravity

So where are the best places to view these majestic cats?  

  • Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa 
  • Central Kalahari (Botswana) and Kgalagadi Transfrontier park (South Africa-Botswana)  
  • Moremi, Savuti and Chobe National Park, Botswana 
  • Etosha National Park, Namibia 
  • Hwange National Park  
  • South Luangwa, Zambia  
  • Masai Mara National park, Serengeti National Park  (Kenya & Tanzania)  

Are any of these on your bucket list? If so, contact us today at Outbound in Africa and let’s start your dream safari.


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