Drakenstein Lion Park

This incredible lion sanctuary is situated in the scenic Cape Winelands, comprising of 50 acres of indigenous vegetation that the lions are free to roam. Visitors to the park are taken aback by the breathtaking beauty and physique of these previously distressed lions.

Grade

Pretty Wild

Disabled Friendly

Yes

Accommodation

Yes

Team Building Facilities

Yes

Family Friendly

Yes

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  • Disabled Friendly
    Yes
  • Accommodation
    Yes
  • Team Building Facilities
    Yes
  • Family Friendly
    Yes

This incredible lion sanctuary is situated in the scenic Cape Winelands, comprising of 50 acres of indigenous vegetation that the lions are free to roam. Visitors to the park are taken aback by the breathtaking beauty and physique of these previously distressed lions.

For those who want to spend a little more time in this mesmirising place, guests can choose to sleep amongst the lions at the Ingonyama tented camp, the specially designed safari tents. Enjoy a traditional South African braai/barbeque and watch the sunset over the majestic Drakenstein Mountain range, whilst listening for the mighty roars of the park’s inhabitants in the background.

Drakenstein Lion Park is also home to Chimp Haven, a new facility that homes chimps and other animals that were recently displaced by the closure of a local zoo.

Bring the whole family along for an incredible day amongst the King of the Jungle, learning about and appreciating these incredible animals. Drakenstein Lion Park was established in 1998 to provide lions in distress with sanctuary, where they could live in safety, free from abuse and persecution, and be treated with the compassion and respect they deserved.

The Park is actively involved in improving the quality of life of lions in captivity, locally as well as internationally, either by offering these animals a lifetime home or working in conjunction with other animal welfare organizations to secure a safe future for individual animals in dire need.

The Park is not involved in commercial breeding or trade and offers lifetime care to all of its animals. All the animals brought to the Park are captive bred / hand reared and cannot be rehabilitated to the wild. The animals at the Park are assured a chance of living out their natural lives in an enriched and safe environment.

Chimp Haven, another facility on the premises is home to a number of chimps and other animals that needed a home after the recent closing of a local zoo. Guests can “adopt a chimp” and help to support these incredible animals by making contributions. Your donation contributes directly towards a portion of the care costs for the adopted chimpanzee. This includes food, veterinary care and housing costs. Each adoptive parent will get an acknowledgement on the chimpanzees’ information board as well as on the website.

Adoptions fees are R500 and renewable every year.

For those interested in spending the night, guests can stay in the Ingonyama Tented Camp. A once in a lifetime experience, sleep in the well-appointed tented camp surrounded by lions! Also enjoy the traditional South African cuisine and Boland hospitality. Situated only 30 minutes from Cape Town and an absolute must for animal lovers. Spend a night amongst the lions of Drakenstein Lion Park. The park provides lifetime care to captive born lions and is involved in the re-homing of lions in distress, both locally and overseas.

The specially designed safari tents sleep two and each has its own private bathroom. One tent caters for families and sleeps four. Dinner (a traditional South African braai) is served in the rustic Lapa, where you can also enjoy drinks as the sun sets over the majestic Drakenstein mountain range (breakfast not included).

Check In: 14h00 – Check Out: 10h00

R775 per person sharing / R1150 single supplement. Children – R525 (sharing).

For security reasons, visitors must have entered the Park by 17h00 (unless by special arrangement) and will be required to remain in the tented camp area from nightfall until sunrise.

Cancellation Policy: 6 days or less prior to booking – 100%, 7 to 13 days prior to booking – 50%, 14 days or more prior to booking – 20%

Drakenstein Lion Park Volunteer Programme: Drakenstein Lion Park is an award winning and internationally acclaimed sanctuary for captive born lions that cannot be rehabilitated into the wild. The Park provides these displaced lions with a lifetime home in an enriched environment, where they are treated with compassion and respect and allowed to live out their lives with dignity.

Drakenstein Lion Park is situated in the scenic Cape Winelands and although the Park is located in a rural setting, civilization is only 5 minutes away in the town of Paarl! Volunteers have the unique opportunity to become a part of our team of dedicated animal care givers and experience the day to day running of a lion sanctuary, working for the animals and not with them.

Why pay to volunteer? Most non-profit organizations that run international volunteer programs are to some extent funded by volunteer contributions. In return for the opportunity to work at the organization, volunteers fund themselves, ensuring that the host organization does not incur any expenses. The process of preparing, training, transporting, housing and supervising volunteers is not cheap.

Volunteer fees generated by the programme also go towards the care costs of resident lions, as well as the costs associated with future rescues. The cost to join the programme is R2000 per week (arriving on a Monday and departing on a Saturday by 11h00, for volunteers staying one week only).

Accommodation: Accommodation is in the form of shared same sex units (maximum 3 persons) with a communal kitchen / recreation room. The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas stove and fridge. Volunteers are responsible for keeping the accommodation tidy at all times.

The accommodation units are situated a short distance from the lion and chimp enclosures, so volunteers will have the added bonus of hearing the lions roar every night!

Volunteers are responsible for supplying and preparing their own meals. Volunteers will be taken on a scheduled shopping trip to purchase the necessary supplies and can safely budget on 400 ZAR per week for food.

Responsbilities:

Cleaning the grounds and facilities.

Cleaning lion camps.

Clearing alien vegetation.

Clearing fence lines and general fence maintenance.

Fence construction

Firebreak maintenance (and fire fighting in the summer!).

Programme Details: Volunteers work from 08h30 to 17h00 Monday to Friday and have weekends off (except in emergencies, e.g. fires).

The programme includes:

Accommodation and a scheduled shopping trip to town.

Volunteers should have a basic understanding of English, be at least 18 years of age and reasonably fit.

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