Did you know?
You can be photographed with lion cubs at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve.
Open to the public since 1990, the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve is one of Gauteng’s longest established wildlife parks, and Jo'burg's most accessible safari experience.
Ideal for urban wildlife enthusiasts and families who are eager to catch a glimpse of Africa’s famous wildlife, at the Rhino and Lion park you can tick four of the Big Five, namely lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo off your wish list; and see other rare and endangered species too.
The Gauteng nature reserve has breeding programmes for white lions, Siberian and Bengal tigers, and conservation programmes for cheetahs, wild dog and a colony of Cape vultures – all highly endangered endemic species. A vulture ‘restaurant’ enables bird lovers to watch the vultures and other birds of carrion feeding.
The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve offers a semi-wild game viewing experience. Only the reptiles, orphaned and baby animals are housed in cages in the animal crèche at the visitors' centre.
Self-drive is the most popular way to explore the reserve. Guided day and night game drives in an open-air vehicle are also available.
Herds of plains game including Cape buffalo, eland, gemsbuck, springbuck, rare roan and sable antelope, and endangered white rhino roam the reserve and graze freely.
Lions, cheetahs, and wild dogs are kept segregated in the northern section of the reserve. At feeding time, sightings of these predators are guaranteed.
There's also a separate facility for hippos. Regular educational displays include a tiger or lion ‘walk and talk’, snake demonstrations, and a cheetah run (when available).
Not limited to game viewing, the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve is exceptionally popular with families. Covered braai facilities, a swimming pool, a children's play park, and the Crocodile Pub, where visitors can enjoy sundowners, make it a great outing for the whole family.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
How to get here
Take the Malibongwe Drive exit (R512) off the N1 highway, and turn in the direction of Lanseria airport. Follow the R512 past the three-way stop at Lanseria airport for about 2km, and then turn left at the Kromdraai/Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve sign. Follow the road for approximately 15km. The main entrance to the reserve is on your right.
Best time to visit
The reserve is open all year 8am-4pm (weekdays), and 8am-3.45pm (weekends and public holidays), excepting Christmas and New Year. Lion feeding time is at 1pm every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Around the area
The Wonder Cave is at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve. Nearby is the Nirox outdoor sculpture park (check opening times before arriving). There’s also hot air ballooning, horse riding, trout fishing, Kromdraai gold mine, Sterkfontein Caves and the Maropeng Visitor Centre in the vicinity.
Tours to do
Take a guided walking, or abseiling tour, into the Wonder Cave or a guided walking tour of the Sterkfontein and Swartkrans caves.
You’ll need a vehicle to reach the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve. Once there, self-drive is the most popular way to explore the park. Alternatively, book a guided game drive. Drivers of sedan vehicles are advised that all roads in the park are dirt or gravel.
What will it cost
Entrance fees are R130 per person for adults, R90 children, and R100 for pensioners. Group discounts are available for 20 or more persons.
Length of stay
Plan to spend at least half a day, excluding travelling time.
What to pack
Sun protection is recommended year round. In summer, carry water and insect repellent. In winter, you’ll need a warm jacket. Sports shoes or comfortable walking shoes are preferable, as even the roads around the visitors' centre are dirt or gravel.
Where to stay
The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve has a rustic rest camp (gas only, no electricity) as well as luxury log cabins for hire. The surrounding Cradle of Humankind area has a wide variety of country houses, guest lodges, luxury game reserves, and the five-star Forum Homini hotel.
What to eat
The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve has an on-site restaurant for meals and the Crocodile Pub serves light meals and sells snacks. Nearby, at the Forum Homini Hotel, is the award-winning Roots restaurant.