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.
i think it is shamefull that the playing with cubs is permitted. Where are the cubs mothers and why were they taken from their mothers? What will happen to these cubs once they grow to big for humas to interact with? Do you honstly believe that those cubs get any enjoyment out of being pawed by people all day everyday
The set up is amazing for a start... You wind your way through a few large enclosures admiring the awesome prides of lions relaxing under the hot African skies, ending up at an oasis of a place where you can be refreshed with an ice cold beer or some cold-drinks and snacks for the kids... Then for the most highlighting experience of all... A few minutes face to face with the lion cubs themselves. Don't be fooled though, they're not soft and cuddly as you'd imagine, in fact they're pretty smelly little guys(make sure you have some wet-wipes tucked away for after...) but an altogether incredible day out. The youngsters will love it. I did.
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.
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.
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.