Glen Afric – about 40 minutes from Johannesburg and 20 minutes from Pretoria – offers unusual wildlife encounters. You can go on game drives, guided walks and horse rides, or go walking with elephants or lions. And the animals you meet are mostly famous – many have appeared in adverts, movies and TV series.

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Christmas in July has become a regular event at Glen Afric.

That zebra. Doesn’t he look familiar? Wasn’t he on TV once? And that lion, too. Haven’t we seen him before?

Well, as it happens, yes.

At Glen Afric, near Pretoria and Johannesburg, you can meet the wild animal stars of various South African television series like Wild at Heart, local movies (like Mr Bones) and the odd advertisement.

Your wildlife encounters include a game drive, an elephant interaction, a predator walk or a walk with the elephants.

The latter is a very popular option, and it is an unusual little elephant family you walk with.

Bully and Three are a couple, and Three gave birth to a baby, Hannah, on 31 December 2007.

Shortly after that, Glen Afric was contacted with an urgent request from the Kruger National Park. It had a newborn elephant baby that had lost her mother in floods.

After a tense few moments, Three accepted the newborn, and she has raised both Hanna and Marty as her own.

Out in the 750ha bushveld, you may see Jack the zebra, who often stars in the popular South African TV series Wild at Heart.

Hobycat the male lion is also a movie veteran; he’s a bit like Jack Nicholson, and has had way more than his 15 minutes of fame.

Glen Afric Country Lodge is about a 40-minute drive from Johannesburg and a 20-minute drive from Pretoria, and can sleep 42 people in a variety of accommodation, including Hemingway-style tents.

It also has a popular conference and events venue, accommodating 120, and is sought after for weddings. There’s even an ancient olive tree known as the Wedding Tree.

And what better witness to your vows than an elephant or a lion? Preferably a famous one …

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