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Game Drives (Outsourced to Non-Reserve Entities)


Only a short drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria situated in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, is the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve. With over 600 head of game, this is the perfect setting for admiring nature on your doorstep.

More than thirty species of game, including three of the big five, an be viewed from open vehicles in the presence of an experienced SATOUR-registered guide. These include Kruger Lion, White Rhino and Buffalo. Endangered species, such as wild dog have been reintroduced into the area. Cheetah, hippo, crocodile and more than 20 species of antelope will also be part of this experience. From a vulture hide, the visitor has the opportunity to view and photograph the rare Cape Vulture. Proof that leopard occasionally traverse the area has also been found.

Day or night drives, with a duration of roughly two and a half hours are conducted seven days a week. These can be incorporated with a braai or a tour of the Wonder caves for that special outing or enjoy the lion feed on Saturdays and Sundays. Big groups and schools are welcome.

For more information and bookings contact the Conserv Booking and Information Office on (011) 957 0034 or (011 947-0109 or make an online booking. Book your seats now!


Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve History

The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve is a privately owned, non-subsidesed game reserve, covering approxmiately 1 100 ha on the typical highveld of Gauteng. The reserve is situated in the "Cradle of Humankind", a declared World Heritage Site, about 40 km north-west of Johannesburg and 60km west of Pretoria.

The reserve was founded in 1985 by Ed Hern, a well known stockbroker, with the aim of preserving this beautiful area for private leisure. Prior to this the farm was utilised as a dairy and agricultural produce farm. From a modest beginning of two white rhinos, "Ouvrou" and "Bulle", imported from a zoo in Germany, and some antelope species, the reserve now boasts 600 head of game representing 25 different species. Public demand to visit the reserve became overwhelming and this was met in 1990, coinciding with a name change from "Kiepersol" to "Rhino Park".

Emphasis was also placed on breeding and the success of this project is best illustrated by the fact that no less than 18 white rhino calves have been born at the reserve to date. Increasing the number of species is always hampered by external factors such as climate, habitat, grazing, availability, etc. but the reserve has always strived to reach this goal in order to enhance the entertainment and educational value to the public - many of whom would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience wildlife in this manner due to cost and distance constraints.

For obvious reasons, the rare and dangerous species have a greater attraction value, and this led to the introduction of lions, cheetah and later, the highly endangered Cape wild dog. The latter have formed part of a very successful breeding programme which has, in turn, led to breeding programmes for Bengal tigers, Siberian tigers, Whte Tigers and the extremely rare white lion (one of which was born at the reserve in 1999). These activities have seen the staff complement at the reserve grow from 5 to 35 people employed on a full time basis.

Once again the name was changed to "Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve" in order to reflect the new attractions and to differentiate between the reserve and its competitors.

The management of the reserve were still not satisfied and hence the re-introduction of warthog, after a long absence from the Gauteng highveld, was successfully implemented. A natural development was the establishment of a vulture restaurant which caters for the groups of these magnificent birds which live in the nearby Magaliesberg. Through the generosity of the general public and farmers, who donate carcasses to the reserve on a regular basis, this venture has proven highly successful. Often one can view as many as 200 birds feasting at the reserve.

Visitor numbers increased to such an extent that the reserve is one of the Johannesburg's Big 5 Tourist Destinations. This growth necessitated the construction of peripheral visitor facilities which include, for the general public, individual barbecue (braai) areas, a kiosk, curio shop, swimming pool, volleyball court and the Crocodile Pub where visitors can enjoy a quiet sundowner while watching crocodiles at close range.

Accommodation is available in different concepts but both on an exclusive basis. Firstly, three fully equipped, self-catering chalets are available with a private swimming pool and lapa. This complex sleeps 12 - 16 people and is ideal for family gatherings or small business workshops.

Day Visitors can enjoy the following:

* Swimming pool
* Kiosk
* 30 Braai areas
* Crocodile enclosure
* Curio Shop
* Thatched lapa for hire on daily basis
* Special School Outings
* Entrance to Lion and Predator Camps

Access times as follows:

Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve : Main Entrance

Entering times
08h00 - 16h00 (Weekdays)
08h00 - 16h30 (Weekends and Public Holidays)

Gates lock at
17h00 (Weekdays)
18h00 (Weekends and Public Holidays)

Lion & Predator Camp

Entering times
08h30 - 16h00

Gates lock at
16h30

Feeding time

Lions : 13h00 (Sundays)
Predators : Enquire at gate

Croc Pub

10h00 - 16h00 (weekdays)
10h00 - 16h30 (Saturdays)
10h00 - 17h00 (Sundays and public holidays)

Kiosk & Curio Shop

08h30 - 16h30

Pietersburg, Pretoria: (N3)
Take the "R28/N14" (Pretoria / Krugersdorp) highway towards Krugersdorp - at the first traffic lights intersection turn right - drive ahead for approx. 8 km on "N14" and find a sign "KROMDRAAI" on the right-hand side - turn right at the Kromdraai sign and follow the road for approx. 7km until the tar road becomes dirt road at a low water bridge - drive straight on for another 800m to find the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve main entrance on the left-hand side.

Witbank, Randburg, Rosebank & Johannesburg: - 14th Avenue (M47)
Take the "N3" towards the "N1 South" (Western Bypass) and get off at the 14th avenue "M47" off ramp - turn right at the traffic lights and pass underneath the dual carriageway bridge and turn immediately towards the west i.e. Hillfox, Ruimsig - drive until you reach the "R28/N14" (Pretoria / Krugersdorp) highway at a traffic lights intersection - drive straight ahead for approx. 8 km on "N14" and find a sign "KROMDRAAI" on the right-hand side - turn right at the Kromdraai sign and follow the road for approx. 7km until the tar road becomes dirt road at a low water bridge - drive straight on for another 500m to find the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve main entrance on the left-hand side.

Witbank, Randburg, Rosebank & Johannesburg: - Hans Strydom (R512)
Take the "N3" towards the "N1 South" (Western Bypass) and get off at the Hans Strydom "R512" off ramp - turn right cross over the bridge towards Lanseria Airport. Cross straight over the 3-way stop at the LANSERIA Airport for approx. 2 km and turn left at the "KROMDRAAI" sign also signalling Rhino & lion Nature Reserve on the left-hand side and follow the road for approx. 17km to find the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve main entrance on the right-hand side.

Witbank, Randburg, Rosebank & Johannesburg: - Beyers Naudé (M5)

Take the "N3" towards the "N1 South" (Western Bypass) and get off at the Beyers Naudé "M5" off ramp - turn right cross over the bridge towards Honeydew. Pass through Honeydew towards Muldersdrift. Pass the Muldersdrift turnoff to the left and cross over the Krugersdorp/Pretoria highway for approx. 2km. Turn left at the “KROMDRAAI” “Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve” sign and follow the dirt road up to a t-junction. Turn right and follow the road for approx. 800m to find Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve on the Left.

Hartbeespoort: (R512)
Take the "R512" Lanseria road towards Sandton - turn right at the "KROMDRAAI" sign - drive for approximately 17 km until you find the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve main entrance on your right-hand side.

Hekpoort & Skeerpoort: (R563)
Take the "R563" towards Krugersdorp - turn left at the "KROMDRAAI / STERKFONTEIN CAVES" sign - drive until you get a T-junction and turn left - drive until the tar road becomes dirt road at a low water bridge - drive straight on for another 500m to find the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve main entrance on the left-hand side.

Magaliesburg & Ventersdorp: (N14)
Take the "R24" towards Krugersdorp - turn left on the "N14" towards Pretoria / Hekpoort road - at the T-junction turn right on the "R563" towards Krugersdorp - turn left on the "N14" Pretoria / Roodepoort road - drive for approx. 4km to find the "KROMDRAAI" sign on the left-hand side - turn left at the Kromdraai sign and follow the road for approx. 7km until the tar road becomes dirt road at a low water bridge - drive straight on for another 500m to find the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve main entrance on the left-hand side.

Randfontein & Krugersdorp: (R28/N14)
Take the "R28/N14" " (Pretoria / Krugersdorp) highway towards Pretoria - at the traffic lights intersection below Pinehaven turn left - drive for approx. 8 km on "N14" to find a sign "KROMDRAAI" on the right-hand - turn right at the Kromdraai sign and follow the road for approx. 7km until the tar road becomes dirt road at a low water bridge - drive straight on for another 500m to find the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve main entrance on the left-hand side.

Bloemfontein, Potchefstroom & Kimberley: (N1)
Take the N1 North "Western Bypass" towards Pretoria and get off at the Gordon Rd off ramp - turn left at the traffic lights and immediately right into Hendrik Potgieter rd "M47" towards the west i.e. Hillfox, Ruimsig - drive until you reach the "R28/N14" (Pretoria / Krugersdorp) highway at a traffic lights intersection - drive straight ahead for approx. 8 km on "N14" and find a sign "KROMDRAAI" on the right-hand side - turn right at the Kromdraai sign and follow the road for approx. 7km until the tar road becomes dirt road at a low water bridge - drive straight on for another 500m to find the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve main entrance on the left-hand side





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