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Drakenstein Lion Park
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Wombling_Free_7548
    Bristol, United Kingdom2,079 contributions
    Safe space
    Slightly nervous that this wouldn’t be a genuine sanctuary, but it absolutely was. Loads of room for the lions (and one tiger) to roam. Very attractive setting. Would recommend. Happy for tourist prices to subsidise local prices, this is quite common and is clearly advertised.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Shahid D
    Esher, United Kingdom7 contributions
    Hidden Gem
    One of the greatest experiences of my life! I was lucky enough to visit during a quiet period, and got to spend significant one to one time with the furry inhabitants. Shane spent a lot of time with me also, telling me the history and important work being conducted by the team! Each of the animals has a unique story, emphasising the very positive initiative undertaken here in terms of rescuing them from difficult times and looking after them. They all are VERY well looked after and seem very happy - especially at feeding time! Will recommend to everyone I come across - just look at the pictures!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 November 2023
  • TB
    Villeneuve-Loubet, France10 contributions
    This sanctuary is a must !
    Ethical and genuine. For anyone willing to visit a respectful sanctuary, this is the place. All lions are rescued from a dark past of captivity. All of them are now provided with spacious enclosures, adapted to their needs. The place is huge and very well managed. The family who runs is fantastic and fully dedicated to the well being of their rescued lion from all over the world. This lion park is a must and it should get all the support needed!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 November 2023
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TB
Villeneuve-Loubet, France10 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Ethical and genuine. For anyone willing to visit a respectful sanctuary, this is the place. All lions are rescued from a dark past of captivity. All of them are now provided with spacious enclosures, adapted to their needs. The place is huge and very well managed. The family who runs is fantastic and fully dedicated to the well being of their rescued lion from all over the world. This lion park is a must and it should get all the support needed!
Written 29 November 2023
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Shahid D
Esher, UK7 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
One of the greatest experiences of my life! I was lucky enough to visit during a quiet period, and got to spend significant one to one time with the furry inhabitants. Shane spent a lot of time with me also, telling me the history and important work being conducted by the team!

Each of the animals has a unique story, emphasising the very positive initiative undertaken here in terms of rescuing them from difficult times and looking after them. They all are VERY well looked after and seem very happy - especially at feeding time!

Will recommend to everyone I come across - just look at the pictures!
Written 27 November 2023
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Wombling_Free_7548
Bristol, UK2 079 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Slightly nervous that this wouldn’t be a genuine sanctuary, but it absolutely was. Loads of room for the lions (and one tiger) to roam. Very attractive setting. Would recommend.
Happy for tourist prices to subsidise local prices, this is quite common and is clearly advertised.
Written 27 September 2023
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Maria L
Svendborg, Denmark5 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
I don't recommend.... As they charge almost double for tickets if you are a tourist...
I was told it was because tourist have more money and because of exchange rates... If South African you only pay zar 80....
I was also told ... It's standard practice... I have however visited lots of different attractions and not met this discrimination before...
Written 28 May 2023
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Elle C
France174 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
Fabulous! Always, when in Franschhoek, we will visit this well organised sanctuary for big cats. The cats are happy, well fed and in good conditions. The staff are friendly and happy to answer any questions one may have. Thank you!
Written 1 January 2023
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Chris Thwala
Cape Town Central, South Africa5 contributions
Oct 2022
The guides were brilliant! Very knowledgeable guides and they really love animals. From the lion park side, please ask for Vusi to be your guide.
Written 23 October 2022
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Paul B
Sydney, Australia665 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
This place is tucked away off the main road but should be on your to do list. They currently have 22 lions and 1 tiger that have been rescued. It was wonderful to see them all but we loved the pride of white lions.
Written 10 October 2022
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Nel911
205 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
Saving animals from human abuse is always a project that I can back.

Ticketa also dubble as entrance tickets to the ape enclosure next door.

There are also goats that kids can feed and pet.

The park is big. Its neat and wrll kept. Ample seating with umbrellas. A play area for kids too.

A few things to keep in mind before visiting.
Make sure the weather is not too hot. The animals arent as active and you most likely wont see half.
Check feeding times. This might help also to be able to see them out and about knwoing its their feeding time.

Then in regard to park safety; everything looks well and safe. The onky issue Ive found was the overhead lookout points - their wood planks are lifting and the stairs are quite wobbly. This could result in unsteady footing or someone to fall.

Other than that, we will recommend.
Written 27 February 2022
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Martin K
Eindhoven, The Netherlands7 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
It was a hot day during the summer and thus the lions were all sleeping or laying in the shadow of the trees. Hence we couldn’t really see them or enjoy. However the staff was very friendly.
Written 6 December 2021
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brenda w
Cape Town, South Africa2 contributions
Jul 2021
Last year during lockdown I yearned to see how the Lions were doing and decided that although I could not go visit, I could at least adopt a Lion or two for a reasonable amount for a year.
I chose Tana the tiger for myself because when I last visited she looked so regal reclining on a mound and staring into space. My grandson was allocated Aneta.
On Monday (19 July 2021) we decided to visit, although there was forecast of rain. Before we left home we watched the weather coming in fast but hoped it wasn't raining in Paarl, We specifically wanted to be there at 16h00 when they feed the animals. Feeding times are at 16h00 on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. My daughter in law was sceptical about her safety and not sure the fence could keep the Lions from "getting to her".
The first enclosure on the right hand side housed a Lion and Lioness. Ena (the Lioness) started growling and I decided to do a video of her. To my delight she "stormed" me and put on quite a show.
When we got to Aneta's enclosure my grandson was so proud to see his name as having adopted her.
Although it occasionally drizzled very lightly, my son enjoyed observing the Lions and was surprised that there was a Tiger. All the Lions are in good condition and the white Lions are beautiful.
After the Lions were fed some of them Roared. It is such a privilege to see them up close.
There are little tables with umbrellas and on a beautiful day you can sit down and make a day of it.
Written 21 July 2021
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