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Drakenstein Lion Park

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Address: Old Paarl Road | Klapmuts, 7599, South Africa
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+27 21 863 3290
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00

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Inspiring and educational.

We really enjoyed our time here, learning about the rescued Lions and the wonderful work they are doing to provide a dignified home for these animals who are not able to return to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Cairns Region, Australia

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Cairns Region, Australia
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our time here, learning about the rescued Lions and the wonderful work they are doing to provide a dignified home for these animals who are not able to return to the wild. Very thought provoking hearing about the Lion business and it's unethical treatment. This is a must for all people and animal lovers, there is a... More 

Thank KeSH15
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great to get up close to these wonderfully cared for animals Feeding time is interesting & you get to see & hear these beautiful creatures in a wonderful location Well worth stopping by & showing your support.

1 Thank Mr S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Totally awesome experience the work these people do is amazing .The lions and tigers that they rescue and rehabilitate are so well cared for.We stayed in the private tents overnight and we had a host called Barbara who looked after us for the evening,she prepared a braai for us which was really tasty;overall our experience was five star and recommended.

1 Thank Lisa M
Woodford, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

We came upon this place whilst out on a drive and thought it was worth a look. The cats have been rescued from various places such as the circus or private owners where they have been mistreated and hurt and the money taken for entry fees goes towards their keep - it costs about £10 for two adults. It is... More 

Thank OllieLady
Elmhurst, Illinois
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34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

This place is a true haven for animals that would otherwise be harmed. I have returned from safari now and have a different view of the Big Cats I love...but that doesn't make the Drakenstein Lion Park any less amazing. Go at 4pm for feeding time...it's worth it! And if you can stop at Klein Joostenberg and the Stellenbosch Brewery,... More 

Thank TheSullys7
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I actually visited Jan 2016 and we're impressed with the facility. The animals are well cared for and the lions in particular are housed in extremely large and natural looking bush enclosures with the tigers housed in slightly smaller enclosures. This is a sanctuary for abused animals so unlike small and barren zoo enclosures, the big cats... More 

Thank Victoriadl
Cape Town, South Africa
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

When we first walked in I didn't think we would see any of the lions. It was hot, the enclosures are big (which is great) and of course they are camouflaged. The information on each lion is heartbreaking..what some of these poor animals went through. It became a game with the boys to spot the lion. We then went to... More 

2 Thank zoeturner1975
Pershore, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

It's quite emotional visiting here and reading the sad past lives of these fantastic animals, but we are very glad we did. We had read about visiting around feeding time, but we got there about 3pm and had already had good views of all the cats. By the time 3.40 comes they are all near the fences padding about getting... More 

Thank Karen H
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We were a group of 5 adults and 4 kids. Walked around the Park and only saw 3/4 lions in the distance. It was quite a disappointment. Not interactive or informative at all.

Thank Shira5698
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

I last visited here about 12 years ago and it was a lot smaller then. I was amazed how many enclosures there are now and how far the whole area stretches back. This means a lot more lions have been rescued from otherwise horrible situations – this organisation does amazing work It was very hot, just over 30C and I... More 

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