The Lion Park Johannesburg South Africa

The Lion Park Johannesburg South Africa

If you have a free afternoon while you’re in Johannesburg and are looking for a way to see the Big 5, you don’t have to go far. We flew into Johannesburg for a weekend to attend a friend’s wedding, who we happened to meet while traveling on our Contiki trip to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.

In Joburg, we only had the morning free before the wedding, so we decided to check out the Lion and Safari Park which was highly recommended to us by the sister of the bride.

The Lion Park Johannesburg South Africa - great way to see the big 5 and they have different safaris based on your time // localadventurer.com

The park is a 600-hectare wilderness reserve located in the Hartebeespoort, Magaliesburg, and Cradle of Humankind area. It’s a great way to get up close to Africa’s incredible wildlife and learn more about the animals.

The Lion Park in the Cradle of Humankind is a great way to encounter some of Africa's big five especially if you're only in Johannesburg South Africa for a short time,// localadventurer.comThe Lion Park in the Cradle of Humankind is a great way to encounter some of Africa's big five especially if you're only in Johannesburg South Africa for a short time,// localadventurer.comIn Johannesburg South Africa but limited on time and want to see wildlife? You can still do a mini safari at the Lion Park Gauteng in Cradle of Humankind. // localadventurer.com
The Lion Park Johannesburg South Africa - great way to see the big 5 and they have different safaris based on your time // localadventurer.comThe Lion Park in the Cradle of Humankind is a great way to encounter some of Africa's big five especially if you're only in Johannesburg South Africa for a short time,// localadventurer.com
The Lion Park in the Cradle of Humankind is a great way to encounter some of Africa's big five especially if you're only in Johannesburg South Africa for a short time,// localadventurer.com

The best way to see the animals is through one of their guided tours. They have a handful of different safari vehicles and also different lengths of safaris to choose from. Since we only had the morning free, we opted to do the 1.5 hour Mini Safari Tour. It was the perfect amount of time for us. We saw a ton of lions, wildebeest, hyenas, leopards, and more.

Cats find the strangest spots comfortable.

In Johannesburg South Africa but limited on time and want to see wildlife? You can still do a mini safari at the Lion Park Gauteng in Cradle of Humankind. // localadventurer.comThe Lion Park Johannesburg South Africa - great way to see the big 5 and they have different safaris based on your time // localadventurer.comThe Lion Park in the Cradle of Humankind is a great way to encounter some of Africa's big five especially if you're only in Johannesburg South Africa for a short time,// localadventurer.comIn Johannesburg South Africa but limited on time and want to see wildlife? You can still do a mini safari at the Lion Park Gauteng in Cradle of Humankind. // localadventurer.com

Though we love big cats, these guys were actually our favorite. So cute watching them play!

The Lion Park Johannesburg South Africa - great way to see the big 5 and they have different safaris based on your time // localadventurer.com
In Johannesburg South Africa but limited on time and want to see wildlife? You can still do a mini safari at the Lion Park Gauteng in Cradle of Humankind. // localadventurer.comThe Lion Park Johannesburg South Africa - great way to see the big 5 and they have different safaris based on your time // localadventurer.com
The Lion Park in the Cradle of Humankind is a great way to encounter some of Africa's big five especially if you're only in Johannesburg South Africa for a short time,// localadventurer.com
The Lion Park Johannesburg South Africa - great way to see the big 5 and they have different safaris based on your time // localadventurer.comThe Lion Park in the Cradle of Humankind is a great way to encounter some of Africa's big five especially if you're only in Johannesburg South Africa for a short time,// localadventurer.com
In Johannesburg South Africa but limited on time and want to see wildlife? You can still do a mini safari at the Lion Park Gauteng in Cradle of Humankind. // localadventurer.comThe Lion Park Johannesburg South Africa - great way to see the big 5 and they have different safaris based on your time // localadventurer.com

The experience reminded us a lot of the safari we did at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park or Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The animals are in large open spaces, but it does still feel more like a zoo than being out in the wild. The benefit is that you are pretty much guaranteed to see the animals and can see them in a short amount of time.

 

In Johannesburg South Africa but limited on time and want to see wildlife? You can still do a mini safari at the Lion Park Gauteng in Cradle of Humankind. // localadventurer.com

You also have options to do a self-drive, river rafting, or animal encounters. Check out the prices and more info here.

Pro Tips for Visiting the Lion Park

  • If you’re hoping to see them active, visit closer to dusk or dawn. When we went, the lions were mostly sleeping under trees since it was the hottest time of day.
  • Follow the rules! Although you’re in a controlled environment, and at times they may look cuddly and cute, these are still wild animals. Don’t open your windows even if you think the animals are a safe distance away. There have been cases of maulings because tourists ignored the rules.
  • Most of the vehicles are covered, but there will be portions you have to get out to walk around where the hyenas and leopards are fenced in. Wear cool clothes and comfortable shoes.

Lion & Safari Park
R512, Lanseria Rd,
Broederstroom
0240, South Africa
+27 (87) 150 0100
[email protected]
Hours: every day from 8:30 AM – 9 PM

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