The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve is set in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, west of Johannesburg. One of the private game reserves in Gauteng, it opened in 1985 with two white rhinos, but today boasts more than 600 animals. There are more than 30 species in the reserve including buffalo, lion, white rhino, wild dog and leopard and more than 20 antelope species, making this reserve one of the best tourist attractions in South Africa.
The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve has a breeding centre where visitors can learn about the reserve’s efforts to preserve endangered species. Among its most successful breeding programs is that of the wild dog, which saw the reserve expand the programme to include Bengal and Siberian tigers and the white lion.
Visitors can watch the predators (lion, cheetah and wild dog) being fed at 1pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays at the predator camp. Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve also has a sanctuary for the rare Cape vulture, and there an additional 200 bird species in the reserve.
You can visit the snake and reptile park, go on game drives, night drives and horse trails. The reserve also offers visitors experiences other than game viewing: overnight visitors won't have to look far for accommodation in Gauteng as they can book into the reserve’s luxurious log cabins, or into self-catering chalets. Children can amuse themselves at the jungle gym and playground, and there is a swimming pool for those wanting to cool down after a hot summer day’s game viewing.
For interesting family getaways in Gauteng look no further than the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve.
Visiting hours and Entering times
Weekdays: 8am – 3.55pm. Gates locked at 5pm
Weekends and public holidays: 8am – 3.55pm. Gates locked at 6pm
From Johannesburg’s N1 highway, take the Malibongwe Drive (R512) off-ramp and head west towards Lanseria Airport. About 2km past the airport, turn left at the Kromdraai sign. The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve sign is on your left. Continue for 13km to find Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve on your right.