The lion was outnumbered by the buffaloes and had to wait for them to lose interest before climbing down the tree
But even though the lion could not climb any higher, the herd eventually lost interest and left the area - leaving the big cat to run down the tree and escape to safety.
Neelutpaul Barua, 39, from Mumbai, India, snapped the photos of the hiding lion while on a tour in Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya.
He said: 'Cape buffaloes do fall prey to lions however, the tables turned this time around.
'A herd of close to 100 cape buffaloes chased this lion that ended up taking refuge on an Acacia tree.
'Power is often on the predator's side but today his weight was pulling him down-he wanted to be on higher grounds but kept slipping.