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Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa
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Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve

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Smaller than your regular Game Reserve, but much better than a zoo!  The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve offers excellent viewing of over 30 species of game, including 3 of the Big Five, an animal crèche, game drives and predator feeding exhibitions.

 

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All year round.
 

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Conservation, Cats and Cubs

This private Nature Reserve on the doorstep of Johannesburg is situated in the heart of the Cradle of Humanity UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and is the perfect educational day out for the entire family.   The Reserve started out as a private game estate with just 2 White Rhino (bought from a zoo in Europe) and a small herd of antelope.  Today this conservancy and breeding facility has 600 animals, including Lion, Rhino, Buffalo, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodile and a variety of antelope.  The Reserve is small enough for the game to be easily viewed, which is great for younger children who tend to get bored on long game drives.   In addition there is an animal crèche where you can interact with the adorable cubs, and a full program of daily activities which are both fun and educational.  This is the perfect day out and a wonderful treat for tourists who would like to see some wildlife but do not have enough time to go on a conventional safari.

 

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Predator Feeding, Animal Crèche, Game Drives and other Highlights

Lion, Cheetah and Wild Dog Feeding

These predatory animals are segregated from the other wildlife in the northern section of the reserve, and watching them being fed three times a week is definitely a highlight.  The feeding takes place on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. You need to be there early to secure a good viewing spot! 

 

Animal Crèche

Several orphaned and baby animals are kept in the crèche, and you will have the chance to interact with them and have your photo taken with one of the cute cubs.  The Reserve operates a breeding program for White Lion, Siberian and Bengal Tigers and a conservation program for Cheetah, so there is a good chance of seeing one of these baby animals on your visit.

 

Game Drives

There are daily game drives, both in the morning and evening, lasting about 2 – 3 hours, with a knowledgeable SATOUR-registered guide who will be only too happy to improve your understanding about all the animals found on the Reserve.

 

Vulture Restaurant

A significant population of vultures occupy the nearby Magaliesberg Mountains, and a vulture “restaurant” has been set up in the Reserve where animal carcasses (donated by the public and the surrounding farmers) are left out for the vultures to enjoy.  You can spend some time in the Vulture hide and observe the birds enjoying their feast.

 

Neck and Deck Restaurant

This restaurant is for the guests, but while you are enjoying a snack you have the opportunity to feed the three friendly Giraffe that stroll around the enclosure below and come eye to eye with you!

 

 

Other Activities in and Around the Reserve

Educational Talks and Displays – There is a full schedule of activities which occur at various times of the day, including a Cheetah talk, snake display, reptile park visits, and Lion, Cheetah and Tiger cub displays.

 

Wondercave

Be sure to allow yourself some time to visit the Kromdraai Wondercave, situated nearby.  This ancient natural wonder is estimated to be between 5 and 10 million years old and contains wonderful Stalactites and Stalagmites, Rim Pools and other fascinating formations.  You take an elevator into the cave system – no crawling necessary!  The really adventurous can even abseil into the cave (book in advance).  There are guided tours every hour.

 

Picnic and Barbecue Area, Pool and Restaurant

Many people come to this Nature Reserve to escape the city and enjoy the tranquillity of the bush.  Day visitors are catered for by a Barbecue Area where you can relax under the shade trees and enjoy a barbecue or picnic, and cool off in the guest swimming pool.  

 

Crocodile Pub

Enjoy an evening sun-downer at the Crocodile Pub where you can watch the crocodiles while you sip.

 

 

Accommodation at the Rhino and Lion Park

Extend your visit to the Reserve by staying overnight.  The rest camp has 3 fully equipped self-catering chalets with a swimming pool and play area for children. These chalets offer an authentic Bush atmosphere – no electricity or TV to distract you from the sights and sounds of nature.  If this sounds too rustic for you, choose one of the lovely stilted log cabins that overlook the Lion Camp.  These have electricity, Satellite TV and even a Jacuzzi on the view terrace.   There is also a wide range of other accommodation options just outside the Nature Reserve in near-by Krugersdorp and surrounds.

 

 

How to Get There

The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve is less than an hour from Johannesburg by road.

 

 

Best Time to Visit 

All year round; there is less chance of rain in winter, from about May to September.

 


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