In this little-known national park, if you’re lucky, you might get the chance to see big cats from a fresh angle.
Lions aren’t big tree-climbers. For leopards, a tree is the perfect place to snooze, stash a kill or observe the to-ings and fro-ings down below, but lions usually prefer to congregate beneath trees rather than haul themselves up into the branches.
I’d hesitate to call Saadani National Park a wildlife-watching hotspot, but it has a few tricks up its sleeve – and a tree-climbing lion pride is one of them. The park has a hot, humid coastal climate, so perhaps its lions have simply discovered that the best way to catch the Indian Ocean breezes is to go up in the world.
Whatever the explanation, it’s a delightful experience, when you’re out on a game drive, to roll up to an acacia and gaze up at three big, tawny cats draped along the branches.
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