The abundance of grass and browsing trees in the central-eastern region sustains the park's biggest herds of impala, buffalo, giraffe, kudu, wildebeest, zebra, waterbuck and sable ... and consequently nearly half the park's lion population. It is estimated that about 60 lion prides occupy home ranges there, with an average pride size of 12 cats. This high density has major consequences for competing predators.
Although hyenas are able to hold their own, only about 60 cheetahs have been identified in the region, despite the fact that their favourite prey is abundant and the open savanna is ideal for hunting. The same applies to wild dogs. The area around Satara arguably provides your best chance of seeing lions. I saw 40 in two days!
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