Drakenstein Lion Park / Paarl

This lion sanctuary is filled with love for these beautiful animals and offers a lifetime home to lions (and other animals) in distress. All of the animals brought to the park are captive bred / hand reared and cannot be rehabilitated to the wild, so they need a safe place where they don’t have to fear abuse and persecution. Besides a large lion population (including rare white lions), you will also find a tiger, caracal and chimpanzees at the park.

The park is comprised of 50 acres of land in the Cape Winelands and a perfect sanctuary for animals in need. The Park is also actively involved in improving the quality of life of lions in captivity, locally as well as internationally. The caretakers at the Lion Sanctuary are not involved in commercial breeding or trade.

Fact: Genuine lion sanctuaries are not involved in captive breeding and provide lifetime care to their resident animals. Genuine lion sanctuaries do not offer ‘petting’ opportunities.

You can go and visit the Lion Park any day of the week between 09:30 and 17:00, but if you want to see how the lion’s are being fed, you should visit them during the feeding times. Lion Feeding Times are on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 16:00.

Adopt an Animal

Adopt an additional family member by making a yearly or lifetime donation for one of the animals in the park. The contribution goes directly towards the care costs including food, veterinary care and housing costs. Each adoptive parent will also get an acknowledgement at the animals information board at the Park.

The adoption rates are as follows:

  • Lion and Tiger adoptions: Annual R1,000 / Lifetime R10,000
  • Chimpanzee adoptions: Annual R500 / Lifetime R5,000
  • Caracal adoptions: Annual R300 / Lifetime R3,000

It really makes a difference for the animals at the Park and if you’re heart beats for animals then this is an amazing way of showing your support.

You can meet all the Park animals here: https://lionrescue.org.za/adopt-an-animal

Sleep Over

If you’re brave enough, you can even arrange a stay over for you and the entire family at one of their specially designed safari tents that are situated in the heart of the lion sanctuary. You don’t have to worry at night. All the tents are surrounded by lion enclosures and you’re 100% safe. Each tent has it’s own en-suite bathroom and is fully equipped with linen and towels. You can check out the availabilities online and directly make a booking on their website: https://book.nightsbridge.com/26982


  • Opening Times: Monday to Sunday 09:30 – 17:00
  • Age Group: 0 – 99
  • Rates: SA Residents: R80 (Adults), R40 (Children) / Non-Residents: R150 (Adults), R75 (Children)
  • Baby Changing Facilities: No
  • Kids Menu: n/a
  • Price Category: Low
  • Fun Factor: 4/5
  • Free WIFI: No


Phone: +27 21 863 3290

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