Lion and Safari Park
Lion and Safari Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Over its almost 50 year history the Lion Park became Gauteng's number one tourist attraction through the friendliness of its staff and the amazing wildlife experience it offered. The new Lion and Safari Park has spared no expense in creating a world class tourist attraction in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind and looks forward to building on this success in the many years ahead. Attractions include: Guided game drives, Self-drive, Restaurants African Shopping Experience and more... Please note that animal interaction is no longer available at the Lion & Safari Park.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Daniel
    Greater Johannesburg, South Africa27 contributions
    Great Safari
    Great Guided Safari taking us through the day and life of Big Cats such Lions, Chettah and Wild Dogs. Also saw Giraffs, Wild Beest, Ostrich, wild Pig. The tour guide take you through the various animals. It was great and recommended to go with childrens.
    Dear Metsa2, Thank you for taking the time to review our facility. We appreciate the 5 stars and the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon. Regards, Lion & Safari Park
    Written April 24, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 24, 2023
  • Izelle V
    Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions
    An incredible experience, well worth a visit!
    My friend and I booked a horse riding safari as well as a guided tour, and both experiences were absolutely incredible. We had some of the best guides I’ve ever had at a tourist attraction. All the staff at Lion and Safari Park are friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgeable. From the moment you drive through the gates you feel welcome! Lawrence, Perfect, Gift and Princess - you are all incredible and made our experience unforgettable. Unfortunately I didn’t get the receptionist’s name, but she also deserves a huge shoutout. Thank you so much! Can’t wait to visit again during my next trip to South Africa.
    Dear Izelle, Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful experience at the Lion & Safari Park. We're thrilled to hear that our team made your visit so special and memorable. Our dedicated staff always strive to provide guests with a warm welcome and in-depth knowledge. We appreciate the recognition! We're eagerly looking forward to your next visit when you're back in South Africa. Kind regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team.
    Written September 27, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Sundncr
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,127 contributions
    Good Introduction to wildlife
    One of my few up close, actual, wildlife experiences. The wildlife here is restricted by fences and you get a pretty close look at them. It was recommended by my hotel to do this trip. It is an hour drive from Oliver Tambo airport. I took a guided tour in a converted truck. The truck had iron grills welded all around its cab and body, with seats placed on them. The guide was also the driver and it took around two hours for the whole tour. The guide was very well informed and jovial during the whole tour. It was a wonderful experience to see Lions up close. They had a good two or more prides of lions. You could see Chetaahs being fed. Hyenas and leopards were in enclosures. Along the way you see Wildebeests, Giraffes, Zebras and African Wild Dogs. After the tour you can enjoy a great lunch at the restaurants. From the patio you can view wildlife too. They have concession stands for souvenirs and picture taking too. A good way to get your first experience of wildlife before you head out the actual National parks.
    Dear Sundncr, Thank you for sharing your experience at the Lion & Safari Park. We're delighted to hear that you had a great introduction to wildlife during your visit. It sounds like you had a fantastic time on the guided tour, getting up close views of our incredible animals, and we're pleased to hear that your guide was both informative and jovial throughout the tour. Our park aims to provide visitors with an opportunity to appreciate and learn about African wildlife in a safe and accessible way, and we're glad you found it to be a valuable experience. We hope to welcome you back in the future for another wildlife adventure. Warm regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
    Written October 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 12, 2023
  • Stive F
    3 contributions
    Early morning visit is worth
    Early visit to the park, lions on the move. Impressive roars between big and beautifull specimen. Trip well organized, my driver Sello well on time, safe drive and is a very nice person. As lions are not easy to see in Pilanesberg, just stop at Lions and Safari Park, I recommand.
    Dear Stive F, Thank you for your positive review of your early morning visit to the Lion & Safari Park. We're thrilled to hear that you had the opportunity to witness the lions on the move and experience their impressive roars. It's always exciting for us to know that our guests have had such memorable experiences at the park. Your recommendation is greatly appreciated, and we're delighted that we could offer you a fulfilling wildlife experience, especially considering the challenges of spotting lions in areas like Pilanesberg. We look forward to welcoming you back to the park for more wildlife adventures in the future. Warm regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
    Written January 8, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 3, 2024
  • u15175970
    Manzini, Eswatini (Swaziland)1 contribution
    Short and sweet
    after taking our amazing tour with our hilarious tour guide, we had ice cream as the sun was very hot. We took so many pictures and left only to realize that our car wont start. We took an uber to the nearest lodge and the staff of Lion and Safari park allowed us to leave our broken car at their premises
    Dear U15175970, Thank you for the five-star review and for sharing your experience at the Lion & Safari Park. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the tour with our guide. We were more than happy to assist you by allowing your car to remain on our premises when you encountered trouble with it starting. We hope your car issue was resolved smoothly and that you'll visit us again soon for more enjoyable experiences. Best regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
    Written January 11, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 9, 2024
  • CalvinReddy
    3 contributions
    A must do when in Harties
    Amazing place and awesome experience. A must for anyone visiting Harties. The lions are so cool and full of character. Got to see a couple of prides. There were also giraffes, Cheetahs, buck and wild dogs. Our guide Princess was very friendly and knowledgeable. Hats off to her that made our tour so enjoyable. Will recommend if in the area, also worth a drive if going to Harties for the day.
    Dear Calvin, Thank you for the fantastic review! It's great to hear that your visit to the Lion & Safari Park was an amazing and awesome experience, and that you enjoyed seeing the animals. We're especially pleased to know that your guide, Princess, added so much value to your tour with her friendliness and knowledge. Your recommendation is much appreciated, and we're thrilled we could be a highlight of your time in Harties. Looking forward to welcoming you back on your next visit! Warmest Regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
    Written January 11, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 9, 2024
  • dwellsdd
    1 contribution
    Great Park, Great Animals, Great People !
    Let me begin with I started off by booking the wrong trip. my wife wanted me to book a certain trip and unfortunately I booked the wrong one. I called the park from the US. Thoko answered the phone and immediately put me at ease with assisting me and changing my selection. From there it only got better. We ride at the park and we greeted by Thoko and the guide team. The team took care of every need to get us started early in the morning for just a wonderful adventure in the park. The animals look healthy and well care for, and happy! I highly recommend anyone to take some time to go through the park.
    Dear Dwellsdd, Thank you for sharing your exceptional experience at the Lion & Safari Park and for your five-star review. We're delighted to hear about the excellent service you received from Thoko and how she assisted you with changing your booking, especially from afar. It's wonderful to know that our guide team provided outstanding care and contributed to a wonderful adventure for you in the park. We take great pride in the health and well-being of our animals, so your observation that they appeared healthy and happy is particularly gratifying. Your recommendation means a lot to us, and we're thrilled that we could be a part of creating such a memorable visit for you. We look forward to welcoming you back for more adventures and experiences in the future. Warm regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
    Written January 11, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Written January 9, 2024
  • Trip62256008257
    1 contribution
    1-hour guided tour Review
    I had a pleasant time. The tour guide was genuine, friendly and very well informed about the animals/species. She encouraged everyone to ask questions and took her time and patience to answer questions. I unfortunately forgot her name. But she was awesome!
    Dear Trip62256008257, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review about your 1-hour guided tour at the Lion & Safari Park. We are delighted to hear that you had a pleasant experience and that our tour guide made such a positive impression with her genuine, friendly approach, and extensive knowledge about the animals. It's great to know that she encouraged interaction and patiently answered all questions. We appreciate your kind words and will share your feedback with our team. We hope to welcome you back soon for another wonderful experience. Warm regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
    Written January 11, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 9, 2024
  • kuhnphysios
    Gauteng, South Africa1 contribution
    Yearend work function
    Was a great day! We went on the 2 hour gamedrive - what a great experience. The tourguide had so much knowledge about the different animals. Food at the restaurant was good. Great yearend function for me and my collegues. Thank you
    Dear Kuhnphysios, Thank you for choosing the Lion & Safari Park for your year-end work function and for the fantastic review. We're delighted to hear that the 2-hour game drive and the knowledge shared by our tour guide greatly contributed to your experience. It's also wonderful to know that the food at our restaurant met your expectations. We're thrilled to have been a part of making your year-end celebration with colleagues a memorable one. We look forward to welcoming you all back for more great experiences. Best regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
    Written January 11, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Written January 9, 2024
  • Go14031883657
    1 contribution
    Amazing
    My husband and I took my children who visited from Canada to the Lion and Safari Park in December 2023. His girlfriend has never seen or experienced South Africa or our beautiful wild animals in nature. This was an unforgettable experience with memories we will forever cherish.
    Dear Go14031883657, We're thrilled to hear about your unforgettable experience at the Lion & Safari Park with your family. It's wonderful to know we could be part of creating such cherished memories. Thank you for visiting us and we hope to see you again! Best regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
    Written January 11, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 9, 2024
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SithenjwaT
Rustenburg, South Africa175 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
We visited the tour with our 1 year old and found it memorable. You can buy food and feed giraffes up close at the place. We did an hour Safari Tour with Matilda as our guide. Informative, insightful and very welcoming and open to questions. We had fun with her. The hour's tour costed R285 per adult and didn't pay for our little one. The tours have dedicated timeslots and the last one departs at 4pm.

There are two restaurants on-site to grab a bite either before or after the Safari tour. There is an option to do the tour as self-drives.
Written October 31, 2021
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Dear Sithenjwa, Thank you for taking the time to review our facility. We appreciate your feedback and are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again soon! Kind Regards, Lion & Safari Park Team
Written July 11, 2022
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Trip62256008257
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Family
I had a pleasant time. The tour guide was genuine, friendly and very well informed about the animals/species. She encouraged everyone to ask questions and took her time and patience to answer questions. I unfortunately forgot her name. But she was awesome!
Written January 9, 2024
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Dear Trip62256008257, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review about your 1-hour guided tour at the Lion & Safari Park. We are delighted to hear that you had a pleasant experience and that our tour guide made such a positive impression with her genuine, friendly approach, and extensive knowledge about the animals. It's great to know that she encouraged interaction and patiently answered all questions. We appreciate your kind words and will share your feedback with our team. We hope to welcome you back soon for another wonderful experience. Warm regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
Written January 11, 2024
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Shirelle V
51 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
What an experience!! We have visited many times but this time was truly special. I would like to personally name our game driver, Dusty, she deserves a special mention, she honestly went above and beyond to make our game drive unique and special. Even calling my 7 year old by name and including him in all discussions. We will be back!!
Written June 5, 2022
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Dear Shirellev, Thank you for taking the time to review our facility. We appreciate your feedback and are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again soon! Kind Regards, Lion & Safari Park Team
Written July 11, 2022
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Kelly J
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Friends
Don't be fooled, this place is a zoo. Leopards, lions, wild dogs etc are in enclosers and you drive around entering and exiting through all the enclosures. The animals are captured from the wild or purchased and brought here to live out there lives in fenced paddocks, not large enough to roam and where they are fed by zookeepers. I asked if they were in enclosers before booking and I was told they weren't - I was naïve and didn't do my research, these animals should be out in the wild not trapped there for human entertainment. There was a new leopard couple in a really small encloser, our guide informed us they are trying to mate them. When asked if they will be moved to a bigger encloser once the babies are born we were told "No, the babies will be taken from them for marketing purposes so tourists can pet and feed them" This place is really sad, I felt sick knowing I had supported them almost immediately upon entering the first enclosure.
Written November 6, 2023
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Dear Kelly, Thank you for sharing your concerns with us. We take animal welfare seriously at our park, and we'd like to clarify a few points. All of the lions at our park are born at our facility, and all the predators are captive born, none of our animals are from the wild. We do not capture animals from the wild or engage in the sale or trade of our lions. Our animals live out their lives here, and we are committed to providing them with a safe and comfortable environment. We appreciate the opportunity to provide further information regarding your concerns. The leopards, Choetta and Sangah, are not new additions to our park; they have been with us for nearly 13 years. We apologise for any misinformation provided by our guide, and we will certainly address this to ensure our newer guides have accurate information. Choetta, the female leopard, does have a contraceptive implant and is not able to reproduce. This can be verified through our medical records, and we want to clarify that the comment made by the guide regarding their mating behaviour was incorrect. It's essential to note that we do not offer any animal interactions to the public whatsoever. In fact, we made the decision in early 2020 to discontinue such activities. This decision was based on our commitment to creating the best possible welfare environment for our animals and guests to enjoy. We understand and share your passion for wildlife, and your feedback is valuable as we continue to improve our efforts to promote the well-being of these magnificent creatures here at the park. Best Regard, The Lion & Safari Park Team
Written November 10, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Bilal
Benoni, South Africa12 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Was keen to go on the 3hr Safari but was booked out so went on the 1.5hr safari. Think that worked out well, 3hrs would be too long, especially with kids. The experience was excellent, guide was very good and knowledgeable and made for a wonderful experience.
Written January 12, 2020
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Evabe13
World301 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
This is a good choice if you don't have time or willing to go to a proper safari for example to Pilanesberg. We chose the 1,5 hour minisafari and it was really long enough for us with a seven year old child. We saw lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes wild dogs and hyenas. The guide was amazing and really earned the tips! There are also some smaller animals like meerkats. We did not try the restaurant but the surroundigs looked really nice.
Written March 7, 2020
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James G
Fairfax County, VA187 contributions
Apr 2021
We did the self-drive safari and had a good time. I would recommend this park for people with kids of all ages. We had to rush a little bit to get back to one the lion's enclosures for the feeding but it was pretty neat. My 2 and 4-year-old had a really good time. We were able to get within a few feet of the lions, cheetahs, zebras, and giraffes while on the drive.

When we got back after the safari, we went and fed a giraffe (you can buy feed in one of the stores) and went on the playground where my kids had a blast. We did not eat there and did not go to the animal exhibit past the playground.

If you cannot go to somewhere like Pilanesberg National Park, I would recommend this place.
Written May 19, 2021
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Sundncr
Washington DC, DC1,127 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
One of my few up close, actual, wildlife experiences. The wildlife here is restricted by fences and you get a pretty close look at them.

It was recommended by my hotel to do this trip. It is an hour drive from Oliver Tambo airport. I took a guided tour in a converted truck. The truck had iron grills welded all around its cab and body, with seats placed on them.

The guide was also the driver and it took around two hours for the whole tour. The guide was very well informed and jovial during the whole tour. It was a wonderful experience to see Lions up close. They had a good two or more prides of lions. You could see Chetaahs being fed. Hyenas and leopards were in enclosures. Along the way you see Wildebeests, Giraffes, Zebras and African Wild Dogs.

After the tour you can enjoy a great lunch at the restaurants. From the patio you can view wildlife too. They have concession stands for souvenirs and picture taking too.

A good way to get your first experience of wildlife before you head out the actual National parks.
Written October 12, 2023
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Dear Sundncr, Thank you for sharing your experience at the Lion & Safari Park. We're delighted to hear that you had a great introduction to wildlife during your visit. It sounds like you had a fantastic time on the guided tour, getting up close views of our incredible animals, and we're pleased to hear that your guide was both informative and jovial throughout the tour. Our park aims to provide visitors with an opportunity to appreciate and learn about African wildlife in a safe and accessible way, and we're glad you found it to be a valuable experience. We hope to welcome you back in the future for another wildlife adventure. Warm regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
Written October 31, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Dina
London, UK10 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
I absolutely loved loved loved this experience. Seeing the Lions so close was really beautiful. I will most definitely go back and next time I will go in a private car for the whole day. By the time we went, the weather was hot and so the Lions were basking in the sun and so didn’t see much movement. But I’m definitely going back again.
Written June 9, 2022
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Dear rav171267, Thank you for taking the time to review our facility. We appreciate your feedback and are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again soon! Kind Regards, Lion & Safari Park Team
Written July 11, 2022
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Lionel S
1 contribution
Jan 2023 • Family
Having lived in Africa all my life I was pleasantly surprised at the condition of the animals and the variety one could see in such a short space of time. For our family from the USA it was really value for money. There is very little chance of you seeing so many animals within two hours even in the renowned Kruger. A well worth it visit.
Written February 2, 2023
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Dear Lionel, Thank you for your feedback and the kind words, it is much appreciated. Kind Regards, Lion & Safari Park
Written February 3, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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