Monday, February 9, 2009

Lions - Kings of the African Jungle

What would a visit to Kruger National Park be without an encounter with the King of Beasts - the powerful and majestic African Lion. Just to give you a taste of what these magnificent creatures are like, and hopefully convince you that your next trip to South Africa should definitely include an extended stay near or in Kruger National Park, I'll present you with a few interesting facts about lions:
  • The largest lion was recorded to be nearly 700 pounds and nearly 11 foot long.
  • The oldest lion on record was nearly 29 years old.
  • A lion's eyesight is five times better than a human being.
  • The name of a male is referred to as a lion or tom.
  • The name of a female is referred to as a she-lion or lioness.
  • The name or offspring, or a baby lion, is a cub, whelp or lionet who live in a lions den.
  • The average size of a litter is two.
  • Fully grown males reach the height of about 4 feet.
  • An adult male weighs between 350 - 530 pounds.
  • A lions lifespan is 15 years in the wild.
  • The lion is the second biggest cat in the world.
  • A lion can run up to 80 km per hour.
  • Lions are native to Africa and Northwest India.
  • There are seven different species of Lions: African, Asiatic, American, Mountain, Cave and White lions.
Khaya Umdani in Marloth Park is the perfect destination for traveller's looking to enjoy the company of African Wildlife right off their doorstep. Unfortunately, lions are not allowed in Marloth Park, but a few odd sightings have occurred, prompting rangers to help the lion back into the Kruger National park or Lionspruit Reserve. Both of these parks are only a few minutes' drive from Khaya Umdani, and the dedicated wildlife enthusiast will have ample opportunity to spot and photograph these great beasts.

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