Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lion Park - Johannesburg (South Africa)

Give in and take, approximately 2 1/2 hours from Cape Town, we arrived at Johannesburg. Later, another 40 minutes drive to North West, Lanseria and here we were at “Lion Park” - pretty much the one and only sightseeing for the day, including lunching in South Africa’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, also known as Jo’burg.

A must-see popular destination and 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, such as cheetahs, rare white Lion, wild dogs, zebras, ostriches, hyenas, various species of antelopes and other animals. Certainly compared to the “Perth Zoo", I visited a couple of year ago, Lion Park was actually a different kind of experience as it truly offers close-up moments of African wildlife tranquility views.

Upon arrival, first and foremost, we stopped at “Cub World” and took turns to walk in a fence area to pat the lion cubs, also, picturing the “nervous yet brave in time” highly recommended two minutes close to the heart remembrance. The baby lions on the other hand were rather undisturbed, neither they were in the mood for playing. Says it all because they can sleep up to 20 hours a day. 
Obviously, as animal interactions are the highlight in this home to 85 lions and where peaceful animals are separated from the rare white adult lions, famous for their part in the internationally acclaimed and award-winning feature film “White Lion", we then leisurely walked around to get close to the giraffes, ostriches, zebras and impalas. Except for an eye level of the animals and again, amazing photo opportunities, none of us tried feeding the tame giraffe by hand. Nope, we didn’t.

Next we took the 8 kilometer long guided tour drive to pass the herds of impala, blesbok, gemsbok, wildebeest, springbok (South Africa’s national animal), zebra, and round the enclosures where herons, egrets/tall, long-legged wading birds and fenced in cheetahs and hyenas are kept. Finally, wes stopped at the four lion pride to see the running around and resting in the shade lions of all ages, while adhering to the safety regulations recommended by the park and reminded over and over by the local tour guide.

After three hours of the incredible sightseeing at Lion Park, 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 their large TV screens and kids are kept occupied in the “Kidz Play Areas”. While there were no takers for wine, beer seemingly was the favorite call as we tucked into the pre-ordered selection and between the steak, fish and lamb chops.

Though these dishes couldn’t be faulted, we struggled to finish off the huge portions. Moreover, since we started with a soup and followed by the super-rich and creamy vanilla chocolate ice cream to end our meal, as much as we tried, sad that food went to waste. Anyway, after lunching at Dros, we shopped at the nearby shops and had dinner in 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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