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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.