Exploring the African Lion Range Map
Lions are the only species of cat that live in groups, called “prides”. In a single pride, there is often up to 3 males, many females and cubs. The females, or lionesses, typically stay within the pride for their lifetimes, while the males will venture out to find their own prides.
There are 5 sub-species of the lion as outlined in the above African Lion Range Map.
West African Lion: Originating in Senegal, this sub-species is listed as Critically Endangered. It is estimated there are less than 900 West African Lions remaining in the wild. They can occur in Senegal, Benin, Niger, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso.
Central African Lion: This species originated in the Belgian Congo. They now occur in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Central African Lion is extinct in Rwanda.
Cape Lion: The Cape Lion was a sub-species that is now locally extinct. They originated in the Cape of Good Hope.
East African Lion: The East African Lion originates in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan. They are extinct regionally in Egypt, Eritrea and Djibouti.
Southern African Lion: The Southern African Lion are typically the largest lions in Africa. They also occur in Angola, northern Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Wondering where are the best places to see African Lions in the wild?
Many countries in Central and South Africa offer safaris that visit the most likely places to observe African Lions in the wild. It’s important to explore the different options for tour operators and find one that fits your needs, as well as your ethical views.
There are a number of safaris out there that visit lion territory. We recommend having a look at our African Wildlife Safaris page.
Want to join a Conservation program that works to preserve lion populations in Africa? Have a look at this Wildlife Conservation Internship in South Africa.