Majestic, thrilling, and powerful – the big cats of the world rule the animal kingdom and have long provided endless inspiration for art, film, and fiction. A safari graced by these beauties sparks the imaginations of travelers too, and today we’re sharing some of our favorite places to encounter big cats in Africa and beyond.
The Saruni National Reserve’s hilly landscape, with its ample trees and high craggy outcroppings, can be a leopard’s playground. Keep your eyes up near Saruni Samburu when looking to spot these cats.
Head to Hwange National Park, a hotbed of biodiversity and a great place in southern Africa to see large numbers of lions. Spy them on game drives and from the log pile hide of Little Makalolo Camp.
Central India’s Kanha National Parks inspired Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Book” tales, and though the Shere Khan can be elusive, a privately-guided safari is the best way to get a glimpse of the rare wild tiger.
See cheetahs in the wild and up close with the Cheetah Conservation Fund at Babson House. Rehabilitated cheetahs are cared for at this unique complex, just steps away from the safari-chic farmhouse.