The Drakenstein Lion Park is home to captive born lions rescued from abusive situations. It is an incredible sanctuary for lions providing lifetime care in a safe environment and providing the animals with the compassion and respect they deserve. The Lion Sanctuary is located in the beautiful Cape Winelands, close to Paarl, on 50 acres of land. This truly is an amazing experience to be amongst the King of the Jungle. Currently there are 32 Lions, including 5 extinct White Lions, 3 White Lion Cubs and 2 Bengal Tigers.
The Park is actively involved in improving the quality of life of lions in captivity, locally as well as internationally, either by offering these animals a lifetime home or working in conjunction with other animal welfare organizations to secure a safe future for individual animals in dire need.
All the animals in the park are captive born and bred and hand reared. They cannot be rehabilitated back into the wild as they would not survive if they had to be released as lions have a pack like nature and as they are not part of the pack they would be attacked.
If you are lucky enough to experience their powerful roar you will truly sense the power of this incredible animal.
Lion Feeding Times
Lion Feeding Times are Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm and I would recommend you plan your visit around these times, if possible, as all lions are fed and are therefore right in front of you. At first this might not be a great photo opportunity with the lions tucking into their chickens but they are quickly finished and are right up close for your viewing. After feeding most of them just hang around right in front of you. I’ve been there on a non feeding day and it is still an incredible experience, some lions are up close and some a little further away in their enclosure.
The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and passionate and are happy to walk and chat with you, provide information and answer questions about the lions. It can be very hot in peak summer, check the weather and plan accordingly. I would recommend closed shoes while exploring this well laid out sanctuary. There is a fair amount of walking to be done so I would recommend a pram / stroller for babies and toddlers.
For animal lovers they offer a once in a lifetime experience to stay overnight amongst the lions in a safari style tented camp. See their website for full details.
Adopt A Lion
If you are in the financial position they have an Adopt a Lion program where you can support this very worthy cause. See their website for full details.
If you are in the financial position to donate you can do so via their website or visit the sanctuary, your entry fee contributes towards their care and expenses.
Volunteers have the unique opportunity to become a part of the team of dedicated animal care givers and experience the day to day running of a lion sanctuary, working for the animals and not with them. More details can be found on their website.
A truly incredible experience while supporting a worthy cause.
Chimp Haven, a part of the Drakenstein Lion Park, has opened up next door as a sanctuary for the animals that were displaced by the closure of the Tygerberg Zoo and provides lifetime care to the Chimps and a host of other small animals. It is not big but a lovely experience to see these adorable characters and their funny mannerisms.
There is an Adopt a Chimpanzee program if you would like to donate to this very worthy cause. More information can be found on their website.
Chimp Haven Facts:
Open daily 9:30am – 4:30pm
Cost: R60/adult and R35/child (unless you purchase a combo ticket)
*Prices and facts correct at time of publishing