Climbing trees is not behaviour commonly exhibited by lions. However, most of the prides at the 60,000-acre Phinda Private Game Reserve have mastered the technique, often climbing bush willows to scan the savannah landscape.

South Africa Gets the Lion’s Share

Discovering the wild surprises of the African nation, one image at a time.

Nature reigns supreme in South Africa. In his travels through the nation, Kounteya Sinha encountered its many wonders. At the Cape of Good Hope he found a repository of history in the millennia-old tribal rock paintings, and witnessed one of the world’s six Floral Kingdoms. Further north, at Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal’s Maputaland region he explored seven distinct ecosystems and fell in love with a pride of tree-climbing lions. After all, it is not every day that you cannot return to the hotel because there is a lion lounging in the bar and you have to wait for the beast to make an exit.

  • Kounteya Sinha is a mountaineer, explorer and an urban nomad with a compulsive knack of running away from home since the age of five. After being a journalist for 16 years, his latest medium of storytelling is through images that he says nourishes his soul.

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