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.

Did you know?

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 …

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Glen Afric Country Lodge
Tel: +27(0)12 205 1412
Cell: +27 (0)82 781 2579
Email:

How to get here

From Fourways Mall in Johannesburg’s north, take the William Nicol road north. At the intersection with Witkoppen Road, turn left onto Witkoppen and then further on, turn right onto the road to Lanseria Airport and Broederstroom. Carry on past Lanseria until you get to a large T-junction. Turn left here towards Hartbeespoort Dam. You’ll see the entrance to Glen Afric after a few minutes, on the left-hand side.

Best time to visit

This is a good year-round destination.

Around the area

The Lesedi Cultural Village is nearby and Glen Afric is also close to the Magaliesberg mountains and Hartbeespoort Dam, both of which have a number of exciting activities and destinations.

What will it cost

The game activities range from upwards from R150 per person.

Length of stay

You could stay here for a half-day or a few days. There’s plenty to see and do.

What to pack

Comfortable shoes, sunscreen, hat, camera.

Where to stay

There's lots of onsite accommodation ranging from lodge suites, to cottages and tents.