LION PARK SPECIAL NOTES:
- This tour is recommended for families with young children
- Game viewing is conducted in the Wilro Tours vehicle.
The Lion Park, situated in the middle of the Johannesburg – Pretoria complex, is an eco-tourism destination that focuses on the well-being and regeneration of the various species, in particular the endangered African Wild Dog, the rare White Lion and Cheetah. The Lion Park is neither a game reserve, nor a Zoo, but rather a breeding ground and sanctuary for important species.
Secondary to the Park’s mission is the ability to provide an opportunity for people, both local and overseas tourists, to learn more about these wonderful African animals. Large grazing areas for the antelope and giraffe have been established – here you may see zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok and blesbok, to name a few. They are free to roam the area and visitors are able to view them from close proximity.
The carnivore camps are separated, housing four prides of lion, a clan of cheetah, wild dog and hyena. The lion are protected from one another by barriers and fences to prevent the different prides from attacking one another as by nature, lions are fiercely protective of their territory and will become aggressive if other lions or prides enter their domain.
Most of the lions at the Park originate from Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and northern Gauteng. When necessary, we introduce new lions from other areas to avoid inbreeding. Visitors to the Lion Park will see first-hand the comfortable conditions provided and how the animals have prospered.
Cub World at the Lion Park is set in an enclosed area, affording visitors the opportunity to walk around and enjoy the black & spotted leopard, serval, jackal and hyena. There is also the gentle ‘Gambit the Giraffe’, who loves a snack. The baby giraffe is not to be missed either.