Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda is often said to have the world’s only tree climbing lions. The same is said about Manyara National Park in Tanzania. Not quite true. 

On the Rietspruit Game Reserve, our residents have infrequently seen our resident lions in trees and on-top of our road signage (see image right).

Why do lions climb in trees? There are many theories put forward to explain why lions climb trees.

These include avoiding wet grass, getting a cooling breeze, getting a better view of the surroundings, or getting away from annoying flies.

I would also say that sometimes they climb just for the sheer fun of it, especially cubs and sub-adults.

No matter which theory you support it still remains a sight to behold and our residents on Leadwood Big Game Estate have been lucky enough to witness this amazing sight.