This is your chance to see lions in their natural habitat without getting too far into Africa. These big wild cats have been ... More
Drakenstein Lion Park
This is your chance to see lions in their natural habitat without getting too far into Africa. These big wild cats have been provided with a high quality life in authentic surroundings. Drakenstein Lion Park is about 30 minutes drive from Cape Town, and offers picturesque views of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. A refreshment center and curio shop give visitors a chance to relax under a rustic thatch-roofed building with an open-air viewing deck. For a more exciting experience, a 150-meter catwalk extends right over the lion camps, offering a close encounter with these magnificent beasts.
Myself and my boyfriend visited and stayed overnight at the Lion Park earlier this month.
This is a true sanctuary for Lions.
I have followed these lions on line for a few years now and it was great to see them looking healthy, happy and clean.
I know and have seen how bad these lions look when they arrive from the awful conditions such as French and Romanian circuses. Paul, Elsett and the team at the Drakenstein devote their lives to giving these lions dignity and a much better life.
I can really recommend anyone visiting and staying overnight especially, waking up to 35 roaring lions around you is something incredible. Although it seems they are sitting outside your tent, you are perfectly safe. Having a coffee outside your tent in the morning, with a Lion sitting at the bottom of your garden is something you do not experience every day. The park has no frills and that is because all the money raised goes to the animals welfare, the way it should be. No money making scams and lies about being a sanctuary and then selling the lions to the Canned hunt industry like some sanctuaries in South Africa. If you are a true Lion lover, then this is the place to go, you will not be able to pet them, but then parks that allow that usually are taking these lions away from their mothers at a very early age to be groomed for the Canned Hunt Industry.
I would urge people to visit, donate and help these people carry on their good work here.
Joanie - London UK
We popped in to see the Lions at the Drakenstein Lion Park...we were very impressed to see how well looked after the Lions were...everything was clean and well set out...The Lions were well covered and in wonderful condition! We met the Owner's wife whilst walking around and had a very interesting conversation. They have a passion for Animals and deeply care about the welfare of the Lions that they are caring for...I am really impressed with the Park and have utmost respect for the Organisation involved. I will definitely reccomend and promote their cause and will hopefully be able to spend a night in a Tent amongst the lions when I return to SA in Summer, also hope to encourage people to help Sponsor the Care of the Lions. Fantastic experience and made me still have faith in Mankind! Please support the Park. Lorraine in Cape Town.
WHAT A STUNNING PLACE. THESE PEOPLE REALY DO CARE ABOUT THE ANIMALS AND IT IS GREAT TO SEE THAT AT LEAST ONE PLACE IN OUR COUNTRY IS PREPARED TO SAVE LIONS FROM THE DREADFULL CANNED HUNTING INDUSRTY. GREAT AND HELPFULL STAFF ALWAYS EAGER TO ANSWER QUESTIONS, KEEP IT UP GUYS!!!
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