LION AND SAFARI PARK
“. . . . . . often have lunch with my toddler at the Wetlands Restaurant at the Lion and Safari Park . . . so peaceful . . . she feeds the giraffes with food I buy for R40. No charge for entry!”
” We were blown away with an experience such as this, so close to Johannesburg”
“. . . got close to a variety of beautiful animals, especially the big cats, on the self drive safari!”
In keeping with the moral and ethical issue of people handling carnivores, this website supports organisations such as the Endangered Wildlife Trust in this regard.
We will give you the necessary information to make up your own mind, and, if you choose, visit the Lion and Safari Park, Johannesburg, but we won’t promote the human interaction with carnivores in any way.
THE LION AND SAFARI PARK, JOHANNESBURG
I’m probably not the right person to critique a captive collection of African wildlife at the Lion and Safari Park near Johannesburg, as I do feel that such beautiful and majestic creatures belong in a natural environment, and not behind high fences.
Having said that, the need for homo sapiens to dominate wildlife is a fact of life, and as lions do spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping, the probability – if you do see them in the wild, is that they will behave in the much the same way as they’d behave in captivity – inactive or sleeping!
I’ve included the Lion and Safari Park on this website, as, despite the heavy criticism that they come under, I believe they are very aware – except for the awful advertising billboard at the bottom of this page, of just how unethical it is to pet lion cubs – or any other predator.
When the old Lion Park moved to these new Lion and Safari Park premises, the petting of lion cubs was stopped!
Sadly, because of this commendable and ethical stand, money oriented tour companies took their business, with their ignorant customers, to less ethical parks elsewhere, and the Lion and Safari Park was forced, for financial reasons, to re-introduce cub-petting.
INFORMATION CORRECTJuly 2020 PLEASE NOTE : DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, DETAILS GIVEN HERE COULD BE INACCURATE. PLEASE CHECK WITH THE LION AND SAFARI PARK AT THE NUMBERS, OR THEIR WEBSITE, BELOW! LION AND SAFARI PARK OPENING TIMES : Monday to Friday : 08h00-18h00 (8.00am-6.00pm) Weekend and Public Holiday : 08h00-20h00 (8.00am-8.00pm) LION AND SAFARI PARK ENTRY FEE : There is no charge to enter, but you pay for each activity LION AND SAFARI PARK SELF DRIVE RATES : Adult : R210.00 Senior 65+ : R110.00 Child under 12 years : Free LION AND SAFARI PARK PREDATOR TOUR (1 hour duration) Adult : R240.00 Senior 65+ : R120.00 Child under 12 years : Free LION AND SAFARI PARK MINI SAFARI TOUR (1.5 hour duration) 06h00 (6.00am), 08h00 (8.00am), 11h00 (11.00am) and 14h00 (2.00pm) Adult : R350.00 Senior 65+ : R175.00 (Special) Child under 12 years : Free (Special) LION AND SAFARI PARK SAFARI TOUR (3 hour duration) Adult : R595.00 Senior 65+ : R300.00 Child under 12 years : Free GIRAFFE FEED PER BAG (free entry) R40.00 LION AND SAFARI PARK CONTACT : Telephone : +27 (0)87 150-0100 / + 27 (0)76 187-3883 / +27 (0)82 382-4473 +27 (0)76 981-7704 / +27 (0)76 871-6853 Send an E-Mail LION AND SAFARI PARK ADDRESS : The Lion and Safari Park, Johannesburg R512 (13kms north-west of Lanseria Airport) Broederstroom GPS Co-ordinates (hddd.ddddd): S25.83224 E027.88787
ENTRANCE IS FREE . . . .
Entrance to the Lion and Safari Park is free, so the retail shops, the restaurants and kiddies play area, the small mammals and feeding of the giraffes can be done without having to pay an entrance fee!
You only pay for activities that involve the big cats, and these are some of those activities –
A number of different guided tours, that include the Lion and Wild Dog Tour, Mini Safari, Night Tours (with predator feeding) and Private Exclusive Tours.
On the 3-hour Safari, guests stop for drinks and snacks on the bank of the Crocodile River.
You’ll also see numerous, and different, species of antelope on these guided tours.
Another option is to drive your own Self-Drive Tour, which is what we chose.
You see the same species as the guided tours, but obviously without the knowledge of a trained guide.
RESTAURANTS (free entry)
The ‘Bull ‘n Buck Grill‘ is a fancy restaurant that has, not surprisingly, game (venison) as a speciality. It also has a good wine list.
The ‘Wetlands Restaurant‘ is a casual spot for a quick bite, overlooking the area where the giraffe (which can be fed from here), antelope, ostriches and blue wildebeest roam, but they are not always there, as they are able to wander off throughout the property!
The Lion and Safari Park also offers conferences and functions, but I haven’t experienced either of them.
CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND (free entry)
The little ones haven’t been forgotten, and a well kitted playground, close to the restaurants, should keep them occupied and content!
School visits are popular, and kids are given an opportunity to learn more about Africa’s magnificent fauna.
SHOPPING (free entry)
There is a photographic centre where you can preserve the memories of your visit with options such as photobooks, mugs, keyrings, puzzles etc.
On the way out, you follow a path that leads you through 5 different shops – selling curios, art, homeware, clothes and kids.
It’s a clever way of using ambush marketing, but it does allow you to pick up a memento or a gift for those you’ve left behind in the real world.
WORLD CLASS PREMISES
The Lion and Safari Park left their very tired and outdated previous property in 2016, and moved to these beautiful, state of the art premises, with camps that do ‘sort-of’ allow the animals space to move.
The drive takes you through three predator camps, where we saw 5 lions in #1, 6 lions in #2 and 7 lions in #3.
We then drove through the antelope camps for a couple of kilometres, and saw large numbers of plains game – giraffe, impala, gemsbok, red hartebeest, blue wildebest, zebra, springbok and blesbok.
We didn’t drive down to the Hyena enclosure, but drove the new 4 km route instead!
After the antelope camp, we drove through the 4th predator camp, where we saw 13 lion.
Then through the 5th predator camp, where we couldn’t determine how many wild dog there were as they were all sleeping on top of each other!
The sixth predator camp had 3, very static cheetah. Sad that an animal that needs space to run, probably never moves faster than a walking pace!
FEED THE GIRAFFES
Back from our game drive through the predator and antelope camps at the Lion and Safari Park, we had a good light meal at the Wetlands Restaurant, and then had a look at the various cages that house the small mammals – not particularly nice, and much like an outdated zoo.
A really popular activity is to feed the giraffes. They’re free to roam, and obviously only eat from your hand when you offer food that is more attractive than what is available elsewhere!
R40 buys you a decent sized bag of giraffe pellets.
If it’s busy, you need to choose your time well!
If the giraffes have eaten, you get to take the bag of food home, but if they are hungry and eating, there are typically a lot of people on the platform trying to get their photographs with these serene, gracious animals!
The giraffes choose whose hands to eat out of, so there are always opportunities for feeding them.
Persistence and patience is key!
HAPPY FAMILIES & (SAD LION) CUBS!
I have to mention this atrocious advertising billboard promoting the petting of lion cubs at the Lion and Safari Park near Johannesburg.
It shows how happy the family is handling the lion cub, but shows no respect, empathy or regard for the feelings of the lion cub that has been removed from its mother at such a young age!
To post this advert on a billboard on a public road is incomprehensible.
The message given to the masses of conservation ignorant passers-by is that the unethical and immoral handling of a young lion cub, taken away from its mother at a very young age, is acceptable!
So sad and just dispicable!
Page originally created : 21st October 2013.
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