Hluhluwe-Imfolozi’s tree climbing lions

Lions are not generally known for their tree-climbing abilities, and there’s only a handful of prides on the African continent that seem to have this skill and regularly use it. We’ve oftenย heard of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi‘s lions‘ tree-climbing tendencies, but we never saw this for ourselves, despite visiting the Parkย frequently and enjoying many sightings of these regal cats there.

That is until early morning on Boxing Day 2014, and what an unbelievable sight! We found a lioness (on the ground) with two rather large cubs in a small thorn tree. I did not think that something as big as a lion could get so high up in a flimsy-looking thorn tree, and then be so well camouflaged at that!

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34 thoughts on “Hluhluwe-Imfolozi’s tree climbing lions

  1. Carocat

    Had a fabulous sighting today. 9 lions in a tree in umfalozi. Just amazing 2 large males 2 cubs and 5 females. Just near nyalazi gate

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  3. joannesisco

    I confess to a love of cats both big and small. The photo with the lion draped so casually over the branch is my favourite ๐Ÿ™‚
    Cats seem to have perfected the art of looking gracefully bored ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. ilargia64

    Oh my!!! Such an incredible sight!!!! I could never think about this possibility…When I was in Botswana I saw leopards…But lions, cubs and mums were always lying on the floor…And you are right…I imagine they must be very careful, bacause those thorns look dangerous!!! Thanks a lot for sharing this with us!!!

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  5. scrapydotwo

    Gee wizz die leeu het hoog ingeklim. As jy se dis nog jongeres, miskien het hul gespeel en die het net opgeklim en geklim tot bo! Dorings moes seker ook maar gesteek het. Regte twee stouters.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      In hierdie geval was dit weliswaar twee jonger leeus Ineke, maar selfs die grootste maanhare in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi word gereeld in die bome gesien (net nie deur ons nie ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      I don’t think that has been established with any degree of certainty yet; theories range from escaping the heat to avoiding biting insects, but these factors also occur in most other places in Africa where the lions are far less inclined to climb trees.

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      1. 2geeks3knots

        Is it possible the answer is, “because it’s there?” ๐Ÿ™‚ We have zero lion experience. But thinking back on friends’ house catsโ€ฆthe whole carpet-padded tree thing?

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  6. mjculverphotography

    How incredible and what an amazing experience!!! I’ve only seen lion on the ground and for them to be in a thorn tree is just unbelievable. The tree looks like it’s hardly going to support their weight but obviously does. Thanks so much for sharing this. Too cool ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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