Lion and Safari Park
Lion and Safari Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Over its almost 50 year history the Lion Park became Gauteng's number one tourist attraction through the friendliness of its staff and the amazing wildlife experience it offered. The new Lion and Safari Park has spared no expense in creating a world class tourist attraction in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind and looks forward to building on this success in the many years ahead. Attractions include: Guided game drives, Self-drive, Restaurants African Shopping Experience and more... Please note that animal interaction is no longer available at the Lion & Safari Park.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Does not meet animal welfare guidelines
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  • Izelle V
    Auckland, New Zealand9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An incredible experience, well worth a visit!
    My friend and I booked a horse riding safari as well as a guided tour, and both experiences were absolutely incredible. We had some of the best guides I’ve ever had at a tourist attraction. All the staff at Lion and Safari Park are friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgeable. From the moment you drive through the gates you feel welcome! Lawrence, Perfect, Gift and Princess - you are all incredible and made our experience unforgettable. Unfortunately I didn’t get the receptionist’s name, but she also deserves a huge shoutout. Thank you so much! Can’t wait to visit again during my next trip to South Africa.
    Dear Izelle, Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful experience at the Lion & Safari Park. We're thrilled to hear that our team made your visit so special and memorable. Our dedicated staff always strive to provide guests with a warm welcome and in-depth knowledge. We appreciate the recognition! We're eagerly looking forward to your next visit when you're back in South Africa. Kind regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team.
    Written 27 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 September 2023
  • Sundncr
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,088 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Introduction to wildlife
    One of my few up close, actual, wildlife experiences. The wildlife here is restricted by fences and you get a pretty close look at them. It was recommended by my hotel to do this trip. It is an hour drive from Oliver Tambo airport. I took a guided tour in a converted truck. The truck had iron grills welded all around its cab and body, with seats placed on them. The guide was also the driver and it took around two hours for the whole tour. The guide was very well informed and jovial during the whole tour. It was a wonderful experience to see Lions up close. They had a good two or more prides of lions. You could see Chetaahs being fed. Hyenas and leopards were in enclosures. Along the way you see Wildebeests, Giraffes, Zebras and African Wild Dogs. After the tour you can enjoy a great lunch at the restaurants. From the patio you can view wildlife too. They have concession stands for souvenirs and picture taking too. A good way to get your first experience of wildlife before you head out the actual National parks.
    Dear Sundncr, Thank you for sharing your experience at the Lion & Safari Park. We're delighted to hear that you had a great introduction to wildlife during your visit. It sounds like you had a fantastic time on the guided tour, getting up close views of our incredible animals, and we're pleased to hear that your guide was both informative and jovial throughout the tour. Our park aims to provide visitors with an opportunity to appreciate and learn about African wildlife in a safe and accessible way, and we're glad you found it to be a valuable experience. We hope to welcome you back in the future for another wildlife adventure. Warm regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
    Written 31 October 2023
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    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 October 2023
  • Stive F
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Early morning visit is worth
    Early visit to the park, lions on the move. Impressive roars between big and beautifull specimen. Trip well organized, my driver Sello well on time, safe drive and is a very nice person. As lions are not easy to see in Pilanesberg, just stop at Lions and Safari Park, I recommand.
    Dear Stive F, Thank you for your positive review of your early morning visit to the Lion & Safari Park. We're thrilled to hear that you had the opportunity to witness the lions on the move and experience their impressive roars. It's always exciting for us to know that our guests have had such memorable experiences at the park. Your recommendation is greatly appreciated, and we're delighted that we could offer you a fulfilling wildlife experience, especially considering the challenges of spotting lions in areas like Pilanesberg. We look forward to welcoming you back to the park for more wildlife adventures in the future. Warm regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
    Written 8 January 2024
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    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 January 2024
  • u15175970
    Manzini, Eswatini (Swaziland)1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short and sweet
    after taking our amazing tour with our hilarious tour guide, we had ice cream as the sun was very hot. We took so many pictures and left only to realize that our car wont start. We took an uber to the nearest lodge and the staff of Lion and Safari park allowed us to leave our broken car at their premises
    Dear U15175970, Thank you for the five-star review and for sharing your experience at the Lion & Safari Park. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the tour with our guide. We were more than happy to assist you by allowing your car to remain on our premises when you encountered trouble with it starting. We hope your car issue was resolved smoothly and that you'll visit us again soon for more enjoyable experiences. Best regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
    Written 11 January 2024
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    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 January 2024
  • CalvinReddy
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do when in Harties
    Amazing place and awesome experience. A must for anyone visiting Harties. The lions are so cool and full of character. Got to see a couple of prides. There were also giraffes, Cheetahs, buck and wild dogs. Our guide Princess was very friendly and knowledgeable. Hats off to her that made our tour so enjoyable. Will recommend if in the area, also worth a drive if going to Harties for the day.
    Dear Calvin, Thank you for the fantastic review! It's great to hear that your visit to the Lion & Safari Park was an amazing and awesome experience, and that you enjoyed seeing the animals. We're especially pleased to know that your guide, Princess, added so much value to your tour with her friendliness and knowledge. Your recommendation is much appreciated, and we're thrilled we could be a highlight of your time in Harties. Looking forward to welcoming you back on your next visit! Warmest Regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
    Written 11 January 2024
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    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 January 2024
  • dwellsdd
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Park, Great Animals, Great People !
    Let me begin with I started off by booking the wrong trip. my wife wanted me to book a certain trip and unfortunately I booked the wrong one. I called the park from the US. Thoko answered the phone and immediately put me at ease with assisting me and changing my selection. From there it only got better. We ride at the park and we greeted by Thoko and the guide team. The team took care of every need to get us started early in the morning for just a wonderful adventure in the park. The animals look healthy and well care for, and happy! I highly recommend anyone to take some time to go through the park.
    Dear Dwellsdd, Thank you for sharing your exceptional experience at the Lion & Safari Park and for your five-star review. We're delighted to hear about the excellent service you received from Thoko and how she assisted you with changing your booking, especially from afar. It's wonderful to know that our guide team provided outstanding care and contributed to a wonderful adventure for you in the park. We take great pride in the health and well-being of our animals, so your observation that they appeared healthy and happy is particularly gratifying. Your recommendation means a lot to us, and we're thrilled that we could be a part of creating such a memorable visit for you. We look forward to welcoming you back for more adventures and experiences in the future. Warm regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
    Written 11 January 2024
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    Visited December 2023
    Written 9 January 2024
  • Trip62256008257
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    1-hour guided tour Review
    I had a pleasant time. The tour guide was genuine, friendly and very well informed about the animals/species. She encouraged everyone to ask questions and took her time and patience to answer questions. I unfortunately forgot her name. But she was awesome!
    Dear Trip62256008257, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review about your 1-hour guided tour at the Lion & Safari Park. We are delighted to hear that you had a pleasant experience and that our tour guide made such a positive impression with her genuine, friendly approach, and extensive knowledge about the animals. It's great to know that she encouraged interaction and patiently answered all questions. We appreciate your kind words and will share your feedback with our team. We hope to welcome you back soon for another wonderful experience. Warm regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
    Written 11 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 January 2024
  • kuhnphysios
    Gauteng, South Africa1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yearend work function
    Was a great day! We went on the 2 hour gamedrive - what a great experience. The tourguide had so much knowledge about the different animals. Food at the restaurant was good. Great yearend function for me and my collegues. Thank you
    Dear Kuhnphysios, Thank you for choosing the Lion & Safari Park for your year-end work function and for the fantastic review. We're delighted to hear that the 2-hour game drive and the knowledge shared by our tour guide greatly contributed to your experience. It's also wonderful to know that the food at our restaurant met your expectations. We're thrilled to have been a part of making your year-end celebration with colleagues a memorable one. We look forward to welcoming you all back for more great experiences. Best regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
    Written 11 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Written 9 January 2024
  • Go14031883657
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    My husband and I took my children who visited from Canada to the Lion and Safari Park in December 2023. His girlfriend has never seen or experienced South Africa or our beautiful wild animals in nature. This was an unforgettable experience with memories we will forever cherish.
    Dear Go14031883657, We're thrilled to hear about your unforgettable experience at the Lion & Safari Park with your family. It's wonderful to know we could be part of creating such cherished memories. Thank you for visiting us and we hope to see you again! Best regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
    Written 11 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 January 2024
  • mariamoshugi
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful time at Lion and Safari Park
    My family and I had a wonderful visits at Lion and Safari Park. I like the fact that we could see the animals at close range. The tour guide had an insight and knowledge with regards to the animals. Afterwards we had a delicious lunch at wetlands. Although, we waited a bit longer for the food, we understood that it was busy. We would definitely recommend the park to our friends and families. It worth visiting the Park.
    Dear mariamoshugi, Thank you for your kind and thoughtful review of your visit to The Lion & Safari Park. We're so pleased to hear that your experience with the animals and the insights provided by our tour guide made for a memorable day for you and your family. I'd like to offer our apologies for the delay you experienced during lunch at the Wetlands. We understand that waiting for food can be frustrating, especially after an exciting tour. Please know that we're continually working on improving our service times, especially during busy periods, to ensure that all our guests have a seamless and enjoyable dining experience. Your understanding and patience are greatly appreciated, and we're heartened to hear that this did not dampen your overall experience. We're thrilled you'd recommend our park and look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back in the future, aiming for an even more delightful visit. Warm regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
    Written 2 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 January 2024
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Olav
Dalton-in-Furness, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We had an amazing time at the Lion & Safari Park

Dusty was an incredible guide! She was well informed, funny and went out of her way to stop and all the wild life big and small - THANK YOU DUSTY

Lions, African Wild Dogs, Leopards, Cheetahs, Ostriches, Pofadder and more!
Written 14 May 2024
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Judith
Blandford Forum, UK97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
During our holiday to South Africa we took family who lived nearby but had never been there for the day to the park. What a beautiful place. The kids absolutely loved it and so did the adults! You get so close to the animals and see how much space they have to wonder around. We saw the lions being fed and got to feed a giraffe! It was reasonably priced for a day out and you can go in/out of the self drive as many times as you like. Overall well worth a visit.
Written 14 April 2024
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Dear JudithL325, Thank you for your fabulous review! We're thrilled to hear that you and your family had a wonderful day out at the Lion & Safari Park during your holiday to South Africa. It's great to know that both the kids and adults enjoyed getting up close with the animals and observing them in their spacious environments. We're glad that feeding the giraffe and watching the lions being fed were highlights of your visit. We appreciate your comments on the value and flexibility of our self-drive option. Thank you for recommending us as a worthwhile visit. We look forward to welcoming you back for more memorable experiences in the future. Best regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
Written 16 April 2024
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Anli B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Fantastic experience. I was lucky to go at a very quiet time so I was spoiled with questions and answers. My guide was amazing, friendly and taught me so much about the bush and the amazing animals.( I’m sorry I forgot her name and feel really bad about it. ) This place made me feel proud to be from Africa. Well done to a beautiful experience.
Written 3 April 2024
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Dear Scenic536497, Thank you for your amazing review! We're thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic experience at The Lion & Safari Park, especially during a quiet time that allowed for a more personalised tour. It's wonderful to know that your guide was friendly and informative, providing you with valuable insights into the bush and our animals. We're sorry that you forgot her name, but we're glad that she made a positive impression on you. Your pride in being from Africa and your appreciation for the beautiful experience we offer mean a lot to us. We look forward to welcoming you back for more memorable moments. Warm regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
Written 4 April 2024
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Ouida N
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
An amazing day spent in a beautiful place. From the entrance, with a wonderful colourful gentleman, welcoming us, the day was superb. We drove ourselves and took our time. The animals are in great condition and so are the grounds. The staff are a bunch of happy, helpful people. Big smiles and accurate information. I was sorry when we had seen all the animals ( up close and personal) and left.. The highlight was a huge giraffe called Peddi. We were able to feed her and touch her with the help of staff who assured us that her favourite snack was salt and vinegar chips. She was walking around looking for more and is so gentle. The whole place is spotless and beautiful. Loved it.
Written 26 March 2024
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Dear Ouidan2019, Thank you for your brilliant review! We're delighted to hear that you had an amazing day at The Lion & Safari Park, starting from the warm welcome at the entrance. It's wonderful to know that you enjoyed the self-drive experience, taking your time to observe the animals in great condition and the well-maintained grounds. We're glad that our staff's friendly and helpful attitude, along with their accurate information, added to your superb experience. It's great to hear that you had memorable encounters with the wildlife, and we appreciate your kind words about the cleanliness and beauty of the park. We look forward to welcoming you back for more enjoyable visits in the future. Warm regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
Written 4 April 2024
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Nhlanhlabm
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The views were to die for. My family really enjoyed the trip. The number and variety of animals at this safari were incredible! We loved being able to see the animals.
Written 23 February 2024
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Dear Nhlanhla, Thank you so much for your 5-star review! We're thrilled to hear that you and your family enjoyed the breathtaking views and the incredible variety of animals at our safari. It's wonderful to know that the opportunity to see the animals up close was a highlight of your trip. Your positive feedback is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to welcoming you back for more memorable experiences in the future. Warm regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
Written 4 March 2024
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JenVee53
Felixstowe, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very well run park. Staff very ready to please. Informative. Park very well kept and facilities clean.
We took a tour hour guided tour which was excellent.
We ate in the restaurant, service was excellent and lunch very good.
Written 1 February 2024
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Dear JenVee, Thank you for your glowing review! We're delighted to hear you enjoyed the guided tour and found our park well-maintained and our team welcoming. It's great that your dining experience matched the high quality of your safari. Your praise means the world to us, and we can't wait to have you back for more memorable experiences. Warmest Regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
Written 2 February 2024
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MissNM10
Bulawayo Province, Zimbabwe1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023
We had a 2 hour guided safari. We had a good guide who patiently answered our questions with a touch of humour. Overally, a great experience.
Written 24 January 2024
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Dear Guest, We're absolutely delighted to hear about your positive experience on the 2-hour guided safari at The Lion & Safari Park! It's wonderful to know that your guide was able to enrich your adventure with their knowledge, patience, and a touch of humor. Our team is dedicated to providing engaging and informative tours, so your feedback is a joy to receive. Thank you for choosing us for your safari experience. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back for more great moments and discoveries in the future. Warm regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
Written 2 February 2024
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mariamoshugi
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
My family and I had a wonderful visits at Lion and Safari Park. I like the fact that we could see the animals at close range. The tour guide had an insight and knowledge with regards to the animals. Afterwards we had a delicious lunch at wetlands. Although, we waited a bit longer for the food, we understood that it was busy. We would definitely recommend the park to our friends and families. It worth visiting the Park.
Written 20 January 2024
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Dear mariamoshugi, Thank you for your kind and thoughtful review of your visit to The Lion & Safari Park. We're so pleased to hear that your experience with the animals and the insights provided by our tour guide made for a memorable day for you and your family. I'd like to offer our apologies for the delay you experienced during lunch at the Wetlands. We understand that waiting for food can be frustrating, especially after an exciting tour. Please know that we're continually working on improving our service times, especially during busy periods, to ensure that all our guests have a seamless and enjoyable dining experience. Your understanding and patience are greatly appreciated, and we're heartened to hear that this did not dampen your overall experience. We're thrilled you'd recommend our park and look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back in the future, aiming for an even more delightful visit. Warm regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
Written 2 February 2024
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pprettymavieta97
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023
The experience was beautiful and will definitely come back. However, it seems like animals keep getting fewer and fewer each year.
Written 11 January 2024
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Dear pprettymavieta97, Thank you so much for your glowing review and for your kind words about your experience at The Lion & Safari Park. We're thrilled to hear that you had a beautiful time and are looking forward to your return. Regarding your observation about the number of animals, we are continually working to ensure a balanced and sustainable environment for the wildlife in our care. Our commitment to animal welfare sometimes means making decisions that affect the number of animals visible to visitors. Our herbivores are also free roaming and this sometimes means they will move into the valleys and vast areas that aren’t visible from the roads, weather, time of year and food availability will influence their movements. We appreciate your concern and understanding as we strive to create the best possible habitat for the animals. We can't wait to welcome you back and hope that each visit continues to be a memorable one for you. Warm regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
Written 17 January 2024
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Freddie M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023
We were a big group and and had a very limited time to do a safari trip and this one proved to be very efficient, budget friendly and to the point. Kids and adults had lots of fun.
Written 10 January 2024
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Dear Freddie M, Thank you for the fantastic review. We're thrilled to hear that your group enjoyed a fun and efficient safari trip at the Lion & Safari Park. It's great to know we could provide a budget-friendly experience that suited everyone. Looking forward to your next visit. Best regards, The Lion & Safari Park Team
Written 11 January 2024
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