Game Drives and Safaris!
Situated in the Cradle of Humankind we offer Game Drives, Animal Creche, Accommodation, Braai & Picnic Facilities, Restaurants and Event Venues
The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve is a privately owned, non-subsidized game reserve, covering approximately 1 200 ha on the typical Highveld of Gauteng. The reserve is situated in the “Cradle of Humankind”, a declared World Heritage Site, about 40 km north-west of Johannesburg and 60km west of Pretoria. The reserve was founded in 1985 by Ed Hern, a well-known stockbroker, with the aim of preserving this beautiful area for private leisure. Prior to this, the farm was utilized as a dairy and agricultural produce farm. From a modest beginning of two white rhinos, “Ouvrou” and “Bulle”, imported from a zoo in Germany, and some antelope species, the reserve now boasts 600 head of game representing 25 different species. Public demand to visit the reserve became overwhelming and this was met in 1990, coinciding with a name change from “Kiepersol” to “Rhino Park”.Emphasis was also placed on breeding and the success of this project is best illustrated by the fact that no less than 18 white rhino calves have been born at the reserve to date. Increasing the number of species is always hampered by external factors such as climate, habitat, grazing, availability, etc. but the reserve has always strived to reach this goal in order to enhance the entertainment and educational value to the public – many of whom would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience wildlife in this manner due to cost and distance constraints. For obvious reasons, the rare and dangerous species have a greater attraction value, and this led to the introduction of lions, cheetah and later, the highly endangered Cape wild dog. The latter have formed part of a very successful breeding programme which has, in turn, led to breeding programmes for Bengal tigers, Siberian Tigers and the extremely rare White Lion (one of which was born at the reserve in 1999). These activities have seen the staff complement at the reserve grow from 5 to 39 people employed on a full-time basis. Once again the name was changed to “Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve” in order to reflect the new attractions and to differentiate between the reserve and its competitors. The management of the reserve was still not satisfied and hence the re-introduction of warthog, after a long absence from the Gauteng Highveld, was successfully implemented. A natural development was the establishment of a vulture restaurant which caters for the groups of these magnificent birds which live in the nearby Magaliesberg. Through the generosity of the general public and farmers, who donate carcasses to the reserve on a regular basis, this venture has proven highly successful. Often one can view as many as 200 birds feasting at the reserve. Visitor numbers increased to such an extent that the reserve became a proud member of the Johannesburg’s Big 5 Tourist Destinations. This growth necessitated the construction of peripheral visitor facilities which include, for the general public, individual barbecue (braai) areas, a kiosk, restaurants, curio shop, swimming pool, children’s play park and the Crocodile Pub where visitors can enjoy a quiet sundowner while watching crocodiles at close range. Accommodation is available in different concepts but both on an exclusive basis. Firstly, three fully equipped, self-catering chalets are available with a private swimming pool and lapa. This complex sleeps 12 – 16 people and is ideal for family gatherings or small business workshops. Secondly, the reserve’s newest addition, 6 x log cabins, fully equipped, electrified, DSTV, 6 seater Jacuzzi’s, built in braai, 2 en-suite rooms. This complex sleeps 16 – 24 people and is ideal for family gatherings or small business workshops.
Indemnity RIGHT OF ADMISSION RESERVED Each person enters the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve & Wondercave at his / her own risk. The owner, management and employees are not responsible for any damage, injury or loss of any nature sustained by a visitor, guest, contractor or any other person and / or their property. By visiting and / or using the Rhino & Lion Game Reserve it is deemed that you have read, understood and accepted the Terms, Conditions, Rules and procedures of the Reserve. Please Note in the interest of the safety and security of all persons, it is necessary to ensure that unwanted actions are limited, prevented, investigated and deterred. This includes, but is not limited to, routine checks at random. Accordingly it is a condition of entrance that all person entering these premises, for any reason whatsoever, be searched in their person and / or vehicle, bags or equipment at any time at the discretion of the management of the reserve. Any person entering the Rhino & Lion Game Reserve will be deemed to have accepted this condition upon entrance and it will be enforced. Caution Remember at all times that the animals, birds and reptiles are wild and dangerous In particular, lion, cheetah, wild dog, rhino, buffalo, crocodile and hippo are dangerous and unpredictable Do not feed, tease or disturb the animals Speed limit: 35 km/h Do not alight from your vehicle anywhere other than indicated on the map. There are many poisonous snakes in the area. Keep all windows at least 66% closed when driving through predator camps.
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Day or night drives, with a duration of roughly two and a half hours, are conducted six days a week. These can be incorporated with a tour of the Wondercave for that special outing or enjoy the lion feed on Saturdays and Sundays. We really welcome big groups to visit us.
Only a short drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria situated in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve. With over 600 head of game, this is the perfect setting for admiring nature on your doorstep. More than thirty species of game, including three of the big five, can be viewed from open vehicles in the presence of an experienced SATOUR-registered guide. These include Kruger Lion, White Rhino and Buffalo. Endangered species, such as wild dog have been reintroduced into the area. Cheetah, hippo, crocodile and more than 20 species of antelope will also be part of this experience. From a vulture hide, the visitor has the opportunity to view and photograph the rare Cape Vulture. Proof that leopard occasionally traverses the area has also been found.