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Drakenstein Lion Park

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Old Paarl Road | Klapmuts, 7599, South Africa
+27 21 863 3290
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Not too far out of Capetown, they clearly care about the animals in their care. We went on a very... read more

Reviewed yesterday
david n
Southampton, United Kingdom
Well planned facility ...for peoples d animals!

Visiting on a hot day with two young children could have been difficult; however, the thoughtful... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Elizabeth B
Darwin, Australia
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Old Paarl Road | Klapmuts, 7599, South Africa

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Reviewed yesterday

Not too far out of Capetown, they clearly care about the animals in their care. We went on a very hot day which is not ideal. The lions were in the shade and sleeping. The staff told us it is better to go on a...More

Thank david n
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting on a hot day with two young children could have been difficult; however, the thoughtful lay out providing plenty of staggered shade areas and the lions enjoying noon time rest close to viewing areas made it a great experience. The staff were welcoming and...More

1  Thank Elizabeth B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

That’s how a sanctuary should be like! They help the lions to have a life as good as possible and not use them to amuse the humans. But it means, if you are unlucky you will not see any lion moving... only sleeping. One recommendation:...More

Thank husomahu
Reviewed 3 December 2017

We went in July as part of our Honeymoon trip. It actually happened by chance that we ended up here as it was on our way to our next stop. But boy am I happy it did happen! As South Africans living abroad we realize...More

Thank Ilaniries
Reviewed 29 November 2017

A rescuing sanctuary for lions, well deserved after beeing poached, illegaly traded or abused in circuses by humans. Thanks to all the staff, you can see them in their new home where they live a quiet life. You'll have the opportunity to see them during...More

Thank Lili_Lolo69
Reviewed 14 November 2017

This was a place on our to do list and I'm so pleased that we actually got to visit on a feeding day, took the whole experience to a different level the lions are looked after to the highest degree and a totally safe environment...More

Thank KazSlater
Reviewed 12 November 2017

We were recommended by our Kruger guide to visit this lion sanctuary. The park is a sanctuary to rescued lions previously leading a life they should never have been subjected to. It was disheartening to learn from where the lions had come - abused in...More

Thank dsd1234
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

I love going there and seeing how they help lions that were previously in a small concrete cage or being abused in a circus ! They do really good work there and if you can you , you can even "adopt" a lion for a...More

Thank Kim C
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Visited and stayed overnight with my family and the experience was brilliant. The park itself is a testament to the kindness of people toward these amazing creatures, as well as a sobering reminder of mans inhumanity toward creatures when they want to use them as...More

1  Thank David T
Reviewed 30 September 2017

There are far too many pseudo lion sanctuaries in South Africa, where many lions later on meet a sad end. But Drakenstein is NOT one of them. This is the real deal. Here it is all about the lions. You cannot pet or walk these...More

1  Thank Eddan-1978
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leandri k
14 February 2017|
Response from TheSullys7 | Reviewed this property |
It's really a self guided tour so you can gauge. I'd say we spent an hour and saw most all we wanted to see. If you have smaller children it'll take longer because you are walking all around the grounds. Try really hard... More