Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lion Park - Johannesburg (South Africa)

Give in and take, approximately 2 1/2 hours from Cape Town (Cape Town Part 1 & Cape Town Part  2), we touched down in Johannesburg. Later, another 40 minutes drive to North West, Lanseria to step foot in “Lion Park”. Pretty much the one and only sightseeing for the day and of course lunch must be included in this South Africa’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Jo’burg.

A must-see popular destination, also pitted as the biggest attraction for international tourists, Lion Park is a prominent eco-tourism destination, a sanctuary and a breeding hub for important wildlife species. Cheetahs, rare white Lion, wild dogs, zebras, ostriches, hyenas, various species of antelopes and other animals. Definitely compared to “Perth Zoo" I visited a couple of years ago, Lion Park is a different kind of experience, offering close-up moments of African wildlife tranquility views.

Upon arrival, we stopped at “Cub World”, queued up and took turns to enter the fenced area. Patting and picturing with the cute adorable baby lion cubs. Quite a thing actually. I was slightly nervous I must admit, then again, many have done it, nothing so far tragic or terrible. So, you shouldn't really worry. Take this precious moment of two minutes, two minutes only please, since there will be a line waiting, pat the cubs if you are brave enough. You should, why not? Otherwise, take some pictures, but please, stop irritating them. Don't act frisky by needling the cubs. Leave them alone instead of testing if they will get aggressive. Thereafter, out you go and give way to the rest who are waiting.   
Animal interaction seemingly is the other attraction in Lion Park. Home to 85 lions and where you can get up, close and personal with tamed animals like giraffes, ostriches, zebras and impalas. The highlight which will follow later during your safari ride is seeing the rare white adult lions, famous for their part in the internationally acclaimed and award-winning feature film “White Lion". 

Indeed, once we walked around as far as we could in this wide area, let's say for 40 minutes or so, we then embarked on the 8 kilometer long guided tour drive. Passing by herds of impala, blesbok, gemsbok, wildebeest, springbok (South Africa’s national animal), zebra, and also around the enclosures to see herons, egrets/tall, long-legged wading birds and fenced in cheetahs and hyenas. Next came the moment we were eagerly waiting for. Amazing, akin chance of a life time, one which I bet you will treasure, is stopping at the four lion pride to see the running around and resting in the shaded area or under the trees lions of all ages. Throughout this safari ride, no nonsense please. Remember, I told you earlier not to needle the lion cubs? Yes. The same is applicable. Behave yourself. Do not try your antics, keep quiet, your eyes should do the work, not your loud voice, more importantly pay attention to what the guide is saying. Don't ask for trouble.  

Incredible. Three solid hours time well spent in Lion Park, next we journeyed to Dros, Kempton Park for lunch. A well-known landmark throughout South Africa, Dros features an extensive wine selection, sports lovers can remain glued to live sports fixtures on the large TV screens and kids are kept occupied in the “Kidz Play Areas”. None of us were keen in drinking, though there were some takers for beer, we tucked into the pre-ordered selection, between steak, fish and lamb chops.

Huge portions, some managed to finish off, especially the big eaters, others like me struggled. These dishes were not too bad, and since we had also slurped into soup earlier before the main course, the super-rich creamy vanilla chocolate ice cream went to waste. Too rich a meal on the whole, we spend some time at the nearby and outside roadside shop, journeyed again, dinner and to the hotel before calling it a day.  

To be continued. 

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  1. Hahaha! Your first shot is so cute! I think you can be a very fun person, Nava. xoxo

  2. that white lion :)
    keep in touch

  3. Awesome! Nice photo pose, Nava K. The first pic says 'I am woman, hear me roar' to me. ^.^

  4. what click..sitting next to lion...

  5. South Africa wus be an amazing place to visit.. Lovely pics and thanks fr sharing

  6. After NEW York,if any place i want to see ever in my life in Johannesburg.I wish i could see it soon but right now i am happy with your park pics :)

  7. Wow! That white lion looks just beautiful! What an amazing place..and the food looks scrumptious.. I loved all the pictures of those proud animals. Thanks for this great post Nava..

  8. After seeing this post I am cherishing my memories of Lion park..I visited there in 2011..did not forget anything. .playing with cub, giraffe feeding...and many more..we went there Sunday afternoon, at that time lions are served meat,all of them are chasing each another for their food...will never forget sudden jump of a lion on our car's bonnet

  9. Nava Bravo dear. Nice pictures and the one with cubs is very nice. You give us a visual trip to all places. Keep rocking

  10. Wow! What a lovely post...all those pose and clicks are really wonderful


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