Krugersdorp Game Reserve

Located just 45-mintues from central Johannesburg is the Krugersdorp Game Reserve. The small reserve offers a wide variety of bird and wildlife, with 30 mammal and over 200 bird species recorded. If time is limited, the Krugersdorp Game Reserve is the ideal option for a true African safari as the tours are strictly controlled which means visitors get to see plenty of game. The lions are kept in a separate 100-hectare enclosure.

Krugersdorp Game Reserve, Cradle of Humankind

Lion at the Krugersdorp Game ReserveKrugersdorp Game Reserve, Cradle of Humankind

Walking is prohibited but as well as traditional day and night game drives, visitors can also enjoy horseback safaris or go game viewing by mountain bike (The reserve is patrolled by Armed Guards to ensure your safety whilst out on the trail.). There is also a walk-through aviary.

Additional activities include watching the lions being fed every Sunday, enjoying a balloon safari, or learning how to drive a 4x4.  The Reserve offers full lodge accommodation and conferencing as well as camping facilities. Braai and picnic facilities are available.

The Krugersdorp Game Reserve is a small, intimate reserve that offers visitors a true African safari experience. Located on Johannesburg’s West Rand, the reserve caters for those who want to view game and four of the Big Five without the hassle of travelling to a major national park.

The reserve is 1 500ha and strictly controlled tours mean visitors get to see plenty of game (there are 30 mammal species in the reserve). Giraffe, zebra, antelope, roan, sable, hippo and gemsbok can all be viewed in the reserve’s thick woodlands, while lions are kept in a special 100ha enclosure in the middle of the reserve. Visitors can watch the lions being fed on Sunday mornings between 10h00 and 11h00. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a leopard in the bush!

Krugersdorp Game Reserve, Cradle of Humankind

Rhino at the Krugersdorp Game Reserve Krugersdorp Game Reserve, Cradle of Humankind

The reserve is a sanctuary for a variety of bird species. Twitchers can spend hours on the lookout for the more than 200 species that have been recorded in the reserve – but walking is strictly prohibited, so you’ll need to bird-watch by horseback or from your car. There is also a walk-through aviary within the reserve’s bounds.

The reserve is primarily grassland, with shrub thickets, small forests and fynbos found in the valley and close to the small dams.


Guests can travel the park in vehicles or on horseback. Horse-riding experience is not necessary for the guided tours, as experienced guides will help beginners get set in the saddle.

Braai and picnic facilities are available. Ngonyama Lion Lodge, set in the reserve, offers accommodation and conferencing facilities, while the Ngonyama Caravan Park offers camping facilities for the more adventurous. Day and night game drives are also on offer.


R80.00 per person
R20.00 per child under 12 years,
Free; 0-6 years

Visiting hours

08:00AM - 18:00PM

Directions to Krugersdorp Game Reserve

From Krugersdorp, travel towards Rustenburg on the R24