Drakenstein Lion Park

Drakenstein Lion Park

One of the very few genuine lion sanctuaries in South Africa, housing rescued big cats, including rare white lions and a tiger. Also home to Chimp Haven, which is home to chimpanzees and a host of other animals.

Open daily 09h30 to 17h00. Drakenstein Lion Park was established in 1998 to provide lions in distress with sanctuary, where they could live in safety, free from abuse and persecution, and be treated with the compassion and respect they deserved. The Park is situated in the scenic Cape Winelands and comprises of 50 acres of sprawling lion habitat. The Park is actively involved in improving the qual

Operating as usual

15/09/2021

Simba and Goliath, our two big boys.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids, to visit both the Lion Sanctuary and Chimp Haven.
Big cat feeding times: Mon/Wed/Fri at 16h00.
Masks are mandatory as per regulations.
#truesanctuary

Simba and Goliath, our two big boys.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids, to visit both the Lion Sanctuary and Chimp Haven.
Big cat feeding times: Mon/Wed/Fri at 16h00.
Masks are mandatory as per regulations.
#truesanctuary

Photos from Big Cat Youth Collection's post 08/09/2021

The Big Cat Youth Collection Fundraiser is now live, please go and have a look. All funds raised goes to our sanctuary.

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06/09/2021

A sneak peak at the upcoming Big Cat Youth Collection fundraiser for our sanctuary.

Adopt an animal - Drakenstein Lion Park | Paarl 01/09/2021

Adopt an animal - Drakenstein Lion Park | Paarl

We need YOUR help to care for our rescued animals. Please consider adopting one of our rescues to help us meet their care costs every month.

https://lionrescue.org.za/adopt-an-animal/

Adopt an animal - Drakenstein Lion Park | Paarl Your donation contributes directly towards a portion of the care costs for the adopted lion. This includes food, veterinary care and housing costs.

[08/26/21]   We have been without electricity since 2 am this morning and as a result, have limited access to our emails, social media and have no phones working. Please be patient while we wait for our local municipality to repair infrastructure they have not maintained for years. Apparently they are ‘waiting for a contractor’ to come replace the rotting electricity poles that are falling over left, right and centre.

Home 24/08/2021

Home

Our sincere appreciation to the Live and Learn Foundation for the fundraiser for the sanctuary. An amount of R 12 240.00 was handed over to us today.
https://liveandlearn.de/

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13/08/2021

Tony, rescued from Romania in 2009.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids, to visit both the Lion Sanctuary and Chimp Haven.
Big cat feeding times: Mon/Wed/Fri at 16h00.
Masks are mandatory as per regulations.
#truesanctuary

Tony, rescued from Romania in 2009.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids, to visit both the Lion Sanctuary and Chimp Haven.
Big cat feeding times: Mon/Wed/Fri at 16h00.
Masks are mandatory as per regulations.
#truesanctuary

06/08/2021

Tana, our rescued tiger.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids, to visit both the Lion Sanctuary and Chimp Haven.
Big cat feeding times: Mon/Wed/Fri at 16h00.
Masks are mandatory as per regulations.
#truesanctuary

Tana, our rescued tiger.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids, to visit both the Lion Sanctuary and Chimp Haven.
Big cat feeding times: Mon/Wed/Fri at 16h00.
Masks are mandatory as per regulations.
#truesanctuary

05/07/2021

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids, to visit both the Lion Sanctuary and Chimp Haven.
Big cat feeding times: Mon/Wed/Fri at 16h00.
Masks are mandatory as per regulations.
#truesanctuary

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids, to visit both the Lion Sanctuary and Chimp Haven.
Big cat feeding times: Mon/Wed/Fri at 16h00.
Masks are mandatory as per regulations.
#truesanctuary

live&learn Foundation | weil du helfen kannst 21/06/2021

live&learn Foundation | weil du helfen kannst

Our sincere thanks to the Live and Learn Foundation, who have been raising funds to help the sanctuary through these difficult times.
https://foundation.liveandlearn.de/en/

live&learn Foundation | weil du helfen kannst In times of the corona crisis, our partner organisations are more than ever dependent on international donations to organise emergency programs in the areas of food security, child protection and animal welfare. With our donation platform “live&learn Foundation” we want to support our partners i...

16/06/2021

Edina, rescued from the illegal pet trade in Romania in 2009.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids, to visit both the Lion Sanctuary and Chimp Haven.
Big cat feeding times: Mon/Wed/Fri at 16h00.

Masks are mandatory as per regulations.

#truesanctuary

Edina, rescued from the illegal pet trade in Romania in 2009.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids, to visit both the Lion Sanctuary and Chimp Haven.
Big cat feeding times: Mon/Wed/Fri at 16h00.

Masks are mandatory as per regulations.

#truesanctuary

04/06/2021

Brutus, showing us just how much work it takes to be so handsome.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids, to visit both the Lion Sanctuary and Chimp Haven.
Big cat feeding times: Mon/Wed/Fri at 16h00.
Your visit helps enables us to continue to care for our rescued animals.

#truesanctuary

24/05/2021

Asad, rescue from the illegal pet trade in Lebanon. He has been a bit under the weather with a leg infection, but is now completely on the mend and we just need to add a bit of weight to him again.

Our income has been severely affected by lockdown policies and repeated veterinary procedures, like we had to perform on Asad, hits us hard.

You can assist and help us care for our rescued animals by adopting a lion, which contributes directly towards their care costs.

https://lionrescue.org.za/adopt-an-animal/

17/05/2021

Loti in stalk mode. She was rescued from the illegal pet trade in Romania.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids, to visit both the Lion Sanctuary and Chimp Haven.

Big cat feeding times: Mon/Wed/Fri at 16h00.

Your visit helps enables us to continue to care for our rescued animals.

Loti in stalk mode. She was rescued from the illegal pet trade in Romania.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids, to visit both the Lion Sanctuary and Chimp Haven.

Big cat feeding times: Mon/Wed/Fri at 16h00.

Your visit helps enables us to continue to care for our rescued animals.

26/04/2021

Our handsome Brutus.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids.
Lion feeding times: Mon/Wed/Fri at 16h00.
Masks are mandatory.

#truesanctuary

Our handsome Brutus.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids.
Lion feeding times: Mon/Wed/Fri at 16h00.
Masks are mandatory.

#truesanctuary

12/04/2021

Juno and Athena playing catch.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids.
Lion feeding times: Mon/Wed/Fri at 16h00.

Masks are mandatory.

#truesanctuary

Juno and Athena playing catch.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids.
Lion feeding times: Mon/Wed/Fri at 16h00.

Masks are mandatory.

#truesanctuary

29/03/2021

Ringo, our resident supermodel.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00 (including public holidays).

Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids.

Masks are mandatory.

#truesanctuary

Ringo, our resident supermodel.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00 (including public holidays).

Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids.

Masks are mandatory.

#truesanctuary

Photos from Drakenstein Lion Park's post 09/03/2021

Stuart, rescued from dreadful conditions in Lebanon, graduated to a big lion enclosure on Monday. He took the move with his usual confidence and swagger!

You can help us care for Stuart or one of our other rescued big cats by adopting them.

https://lionrescue.org.za/adopt-an-animal/

#truesanctuary

19/02/2021

Tana, rescued from a zoo in South America.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids.
Big Cat feeding times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 16h00.
Masks are mandatory.
#truesanctuary

Tana, rescued from a zoo in South America.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids.
Big Cat feeding times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 16h00.
Masks are mandatory.
#truesanctuary

17/02/2021

Stuart is a big boy now and will be moving to a bigger camp at our sanctuary soon!

You can adopt one of our rescued big cats and help contribute towards their care costs.
https://lionrescue.org.za/adopt-an-animal/
#truesanctuary

Stuart is a big boy now and will be moving to a bigger camp at our sanctuary soon!

You can adopt one of our rescued big cats and help contribute towards their care costs.
https://lionrescue.org.za/adopt-an-animal/
#truesanctuary

15/02/2021

Simba and Goliath, our two big boys, rescued from a French circus.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.

Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids.

Big Cat feeding times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 16h00.

Masks are mandatory.

#truesanctuary

Simba and Goliath, our two big boys, rescued from a French circus.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.

Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids.

Big Cat feeding times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 16h00.

Masks are mandatory.

#truesanctuary

08/02/2021

Tana, hanging out in the shade.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.

Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids, to visit both the Lion Sanctuary and Chimp Haven.

Big cat feeding times: Mon/Wed/Fri at 16h00.

Masks are mandatory.

#truesanctuary

Tana, hanging out in the shade.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.

Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids, to visit both the Lion Sanctuary and Chimp Haven.

Big cat feeding times: Mon/Wed/Fri at 16h00.

Masks are mandatory.

#truesanctuary

01/02/2021

Sabrina, our old girl.

You can adopt one of our rescued big cats and help contribute towards their care costs.

https://lionrescue.org.za/adopt-an-animal/

#truesanctuary

Sabrina, our old girl.

You can adopt one of our rescued big cats and help contribute towards their care costs.

https://lionrescue.org.za/adopt-an-animal/

#truesanctuary

12/01/2021

Little Leo, rescued from the private pet trade in Lebanon.
Come and visit Leo and our other rescued big cats.
We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids.
Big cat feeding times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 16h00.

Masks (covering the mouth and nose) are mandatory.

#truesanctuary

Little Leo, rescued from the private pet trade in Lebanon.
Come and visit Leo and our other rescued big cats.
We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids.
Big cat feeding times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 16h00.

Masks (covering the mouth and nose) are mandatory.

#truesanctuary

05/01/2021

Ringo (our resident super model), rescued from a French circus.

Come and visit Ringo and our other rescued big cats.
We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids.
Big cat feeding times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 16h00.
Masks (covering the mouth and nose) are mandatory.

#truesanctuary

04/01/2021

Stuart was rescued from a private zoo in Lebanon where he was kept chained by the neck in a barren concrete cage.

Come and visit Stuart and our other rescued big cats.
We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids.
Big cat feeding times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 16h00.

Masks (covering the mouth and nose) are mandatory.

#truesanctuary

01/01/2021

A happy new year to all from Brutus and his family!

We are open every day from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids
Big Cat feeding times are Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 16h00.

Masks are mandatory (covering the mouth and nose).

#truesanctuary

31/12/2020

Tana, rescued from a South American zoo.

We are open every day from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission: R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids.
Big Cat feeding times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 16h00.

Masks are mandatory (covering the mouth and nose).

#truesanctuary

30/12/2020

Ares and Ena having a cuddle. Both lions were rescued from circuses.

We are open during the new level 3 adjusted lockdown from 09h30 to 17h00.

Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids to visit both the Lion Park and Chimp Haven.

Big Cat feeding times are Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 16h00.

#truesanctuary

16/12/2020

It's feeding time for the lions today at 4 pm and the cats can't wait, so come and visit.
We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00 (closed Xmas day).
Admission is R 90 for adults and R 45 for kids, to visit both the Lion Park and Chimp Haven.

#truesanctuary

26/11/2020

Tana, rescued from an Argentine zoo in 2019.
You can help care for one of our rescued big cats by adopting one!
https://lionrescue.org.za/adopt-an-animal/

#truesanctuary

lionrescue.org.za 19/11/2020

Home - Drakenstein Lion Park | Paarl

Our new website is live! A special thanks to Digital Presence for all their hard work in making it happen - https://digitalpresencesa.com/

New adoptions and adoption renewals are now easier and you can download a picture of your adopted animal immediately.

Book online for our tented camp or download your volunteer application forms in a few easy steps.

lionrescue.org.za For all official information and updates regarding COVID-19, visit the South African Department of Health’s website at www.SAcoronavirus.co.za WELCOME TO THE DRAKENSTEIN LION PARK Drakenstein Lion Park was established in 1998 to provide lions in distress with sanctuary, where they could live in sa...

06/11/2020

Tony & King, two of our 28 rescued lions.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.

Admission is R80 per adult and R40 per child to visit both the Lion Sanctuary and Chimp Haven.

#truesanctuary

23/10/2020

Can you help? Lockdown has had a devastating impact on us financially and we need help in purchasing a quad bike towed brush cutter to help keep our firebreaks and animal enclosures free from excess vegetation in the event of fires.
The unit costs around 40 000 ZAR and any contribution is greatly appreciated.

Banking Details:
ABSA Bank
Acc Name: Drakenstein Lion Park
Account #: 400163782
Code: 334-210
SWIFT: ABSAZAJJ

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14/10/2020

Brutus and Nala going for a stroll.

We are open daily from 09h30 to 17h00.
Admission is R80 for adults and R40 for kids.
Our Funky Monkey Cafe is open from Wednesday to Sunday.
Lion feeding times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 16h00.

#truesanctuary

Videos (show all)

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Tana
Brutus.....just hanging out doing Brutus stuff
Drakenstein Lion Park, South Africa
Fire at Drakenstein Lion park
Love at last, well sort of. Leonidas and Edina are finally together after a very long courtship.
Can't believe how time flies! Vic has been here at Drakenstein Lion Park for 6 years already.
After not knowing what grass is, Leonidas has lots of fun playing in it now
A very good morning from Simba
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, our total now stands at R73 773.00!

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Lion Sanctuary: Open Daily 09h30 to 17h00 (closed 25th December)
Chimp Haven:Open Daily 09h30 to 16h30 (closed 25th December)

Telephone

Address


Drakenstein Lion Park, Old Paarl Road, Paarl South
Paarl
7625

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday 09:30 - 17:00
Friday 09:30 - 17:00
Saturday 09:30 - 17:00
Sunday 09:30 - 17:00
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