The Lion Park

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Corner Malibongwe Drive & R114 Road, Johannesburg, South Africa - Tel +27 (87) 150 0100 / + 27 (11) 691 9905 -11

The Lion Park Johannesburg Reviews

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Interatction With Local Wildlife Oct 28, 2013
On a recent business trip to South Africa, we had some time to kill on a Sunday afternoon and decided to check out a local wildlife refuge call The Lion Park. The park is located on the plains outside of Johannesburg and is designed to one can drive their personal vehicle along the park's dirt roads to spot the wildlife in a natural setting a la a safari. For those that do not want to drive their personal vehicles through the park, there is an option to ride on their safari trucks. Although the park is quite large, the property is broken into sub-lots which I can only assume keep the various prides away from each other and other animals preventing them from killing each other. Although the lion is the center piece of the park there are also other various wild cats and plains animals such as different types of deer and gazelle. The allure to the park is the sense of adventure achieved by being so close to the animals without the safety of a cage, wall or moat separating you from them. There are signs everywhere warning customers to keep their windows closed although we cheated a couple times to get better photographs. When we did so we had someone on the car keep a close eye as the lions can approach the car quite quickly and one of my friends has actually witnessed (from a previous visit) a lion get her paw into an open window. Following the drive-around tour, we went into the walking portion which features 2 gift shops, a restaurant and an exhibit where you can interact with lion cubs and other small animals. For a small additional fee you can actually interact with several lion cubs, pet them and take as many pictures as you want. The environment is fairly uncontrolled however there is staff in the enclosure in case of a feisty cub. For example, one thought that my jeans were quite tasty and kept following me around to gnaw on them. His bite was harmless and didn't hurt but I did care to leave with my pants intact so the staff member drew the cub away from me so I could "escape" to the other side of the cage. After this my friends and I retired to the restaurant for a beer and as we did, the resident giraffe decided to freely stroll through the restaurant and pose for photos with us. This is a highly recommended attraction, especially for animal lovers as I had never before seen this type of access to the animals or the freedom that they are allowed in a somewhat controlled environment.
The Lion Park, Johannesburg, South…
The Lion Park, Johannesburg, South…
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tersia says:
Love it here!! Was stuck in one of the camps for over 30 min while the lions were patrolling the gate and made it impossible to get out. Obviously we didn't mind.
Posted on: Nov 13, 2013
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