Get ready for your wildest summer ever! From October up until January, Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in the Cradle of Humankind will be the place for families to be.  There’s so much to do, and so many reasons to visit, so keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest announcements.

Exciting news for conservation

But first things first: last month, there was lots of excitement in conservation circles with the reserve’s announcement that they were no longer offering cub petting. As they reminded the public: “You don’t need to touch wild animals to connect with them.” This October, Gauteng families have a chance to discover what it means to be, not just a Nature Reserve, but a Nurture Reserve. Some of the planned upgrades to the animal enclosures have already begun, and you’ll be able to follow progress on Facebook and Instagram

A nature reserve for all things great and small – and slithery

Reptile Appreciation Day on October 21 is the perfect opportunity to come to the reserve to find out more about reptile conservation. They have cobras, crocodiles, tortoises and even an anaconda! Their expert snake handler Winnie will explain why there’s no such thing as a venomous snake – and why black mambas are her favourite species.

Come and see our springboks

And with plenty of Bok action at the Rugby World Cup this month, you can always come along to watch on the big screen at the Thatch Café which borders on Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve – while real springboks gambol in the grass beyond. The Thatch Café is right next to the Cradle Bike Park, so the kids will be kept busy while you shout your opinion on Rassie’s game plan.

Something for everyone

Whether you’re looking for fun day out, a venue for a kids’ birthday party or even an unusual setting for an end of year function, the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve will be the perfect setting for your wildest summer ever.

What to see and do at Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve:

Self game drive – explore the 1600 hectare reserve in your own vehicle

Children’s Play Park – kids can go wild on jumping castles, trampolines and jungle gyms

Restaurants – enjoy a meal at one of five restaurants. Everyone  from carnivores to vegetarians will find something to tantalise their tastebuds.

Braai area – pack your own cooler box and make the most of our beautiful weather at the reserve’s braai facilities.

Reptile Park – see black mambas, an anaconda and more!

Reptile show – get to learn all about reptile conservation

Guided game drives – let one of the reserve’s field guides share their knowledge and passion for wildlife while you relax

Wildlife Centre – see animals which are not able to live in the wild

Exotic Wildlife– see the only clouded leopards in Africa as well as black jaguars, Siberian tigers and more!

Cradle Bike Park – hire a bike or bring your own to ride on one of the biggest and most exciting BMX tracks in Gauteng

Bothongo WonderCave – marvel at exquisite stalactites and stalagmites as you explore this spectacular chamber with our expert guide. A must for all visitors to the reserve

Bothongo WonderCave – one of the most spectacular single chambers in South Africa, the cave isn’t part of the reserve, but is right next door. Why not get a combo ticket and explore both?

Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve is just a 20 minute drive from Fourways, at 520 Kromdraai Road.

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