Flowers, chocolates and floral bath products are great, but often it feels like such a small gesture when you want to thank your mother for everything she has done. If you’re at your wit’s end about how to treat your mom in May, the Lion & Safari Park (just 13km North of Lanseria Airport) might be your answer.
Aside from a variety of educational tours, you can also drive your own vehicle and get close to the park’s wildlife, including lions. With these drives, you get to enjoy nature as a family and for us, family time is quality time. We bet your mother feels the same way too. These self-drives allow you to drive through the park’s lion and wild dog enclosures in your own time and can be combined with lion feedings at 12h00 and 15h00 on weekends. Kids under 12 are free for all self-drives and game drives.
If dad doesn’t feel like driving and the kids don’t have their learner’s yet, the mini safari tour or the full safari are alternative options. The mini safari tour is a guided safari drive of 1.5 hours during which you will encounter lions, hyenas, wild dogs, cheetah and leopard. You’ll also be able to ask some questions about the three different hyena species and learn more about the antelope that roam the area. The full safari includes the predator tour, a scenic guided drive through 600ha of an impressive wildlife area, a visit to the hyenas and leopards and a lovely break with snacks on the banks of the Crocodile River.
If your mother is one for adventure, why not surprise her with a river rafting experience? After all, experiences and memories are worth so much more than a box of chocolates. The river rafting expedition departs from the Lion & Safari Park and consists of a 20-minute drive through the park down to the Crocodile river. You get geared up and trained on the riverbank after which you will embark into the rafts on a 2.5-hour trip downstream. Remember to pack some dry clothes for afterwards as you will certainly encounter some rapids and obstacles.
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The Lion & Safari Park is also home to two restaurants: The Bull ’n Buck Grill, with a variety of veal, chicken, seafood and steak dishes and the Wetlands Restaurant and Bar, a large outdoor restaurant that caters for the whole family with hamburgers, homemade pizza from an authentic clay oven, flame-grilled chicken and more. Keep an eye out on their website and social media platforms for Mother’s Day lunch options.
It is often the case that when the kids are happy, mom is happy. At the Lion & Safari Park, it’s a win-win situation with a wide variety of jungle gyms, jumping castles and many other entertaining rides. Kids can play for hours while dad spoils mom to a piece of cake at one of the nearby restaurants.
Entrance to the Lion & Safari Park is free and you only pay for activities and game drives.
R512 (Lanseria Road) Broederstroom, Kalkheuvel
087 150 0100