Featuring four prides of lions of various ages, Lion Park also boasts a number of rhino as well as other herbivores. The ... More
Featuring four prides of lions of various ages, Lion Park also boasts a number of rhino as well as other herbivores. The lions are enclosed in a high-security area while the greater park area is given over to the other animals. For the adventurous, photographs with lion cubs are permitted under supervision. A restaurant and curio shop is situated in shady surrounds. Picnic facilities are also available. These areas are clearly demarcated and nature conservation officers are always on hand.
On the whole, the experience was well worth the effort and money. Being so close to these animals was a privilage.
In the caged area with cubs, I wasn't aware that one cannot touch the head of the cubs without an aggressive response! It would be helpful to inform every guest, prior to entering this area.
Otherwise, it was exciting to be able to stroke the 4 month old cubs.
Fantastic opportunity to hold and feed lion cubs - a wonderful experience. All staff very helpful and extremely knowledgable - don't rush you - can take your time with holding them and taking pictures. Found I learned a lot about these animals - thank you!
Everything was enjoyable at the park, We liked the drive and seeing the Ostriches and the other wildlife there and then entering the lion park area ws wonderful to see the lions.
The gift shop and area to pet the lion cub was great for the little ones and to take pictures on your stautes by the doorways.
We lived there from 1995 -1997 and my children still remember the lion park as one of there favorite memories of South Africa.
We loved to go there to see how the babes were growing up.
By A Yahoo Contributor, 11/20/06
We loved the place so much, we took all our visiting friends for the year we were there in '98. Love to return. Was fun to watch them as families, aunties, etc. and the cutest babes. I have some of the most adorable photos of their playing, holding onto a tail in the mouth, etc.
The petting of the 2 little lion cubs was the highlight. They like to play and chew on you, but the keeper swatted them up beside the head and that stopped that. ha.
But we found out how to handle them. You put the sweetie thing up on a tree trunk, to pet, as they got more feisty, and he was happy hanging on, too busy to nibble on you, or scratch you. Good photographing too, loved it, my real treasures. The R.Hawks
It was quite a thrill to drive amoung the "cats". Seeing the cubs up close and personal is a memory I will never forget. It wasn't a long drive from Kempton Park (close to the airport) where we were staying.