The remaining parts were found at the end of the week in the shrub at a private game reserve near Hoedspruit in the northern province of Limpopo, where animals have been poached in increasing numbers over recent years.
“It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions. They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains,” Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told AFP.
A loaded hunting rifle was found near the body on Saturday morning. Police are trying to establish the victim’s identity.
Lion body parts are used in traditional medicine.