5 Reasons Why You Need To Visit Bothongo Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve


Sometimes, we crave escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. Just for a little while to slow down and recentre ourselves. And there’s no better place to do this than spending a day in the great outdoors, surrounded by nature and magnificent wildlife. And best of all, we know just the place that you and your closest will love. The Bothongo Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, nestled in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind in Muldersdrift is a must.

This hidden gem promises an unforgettable experience, offering a unique blend of wildlife encounters, thrilling activities, and a tranquil escape from the urban jungle. Wondering why we recommend you give this destination a visit? Well, here are our five reasons you should stop by and enjoy a day with them.

1. The Neck & Deck Restaurant Is A Lovely Escape

Delight your taste buds with a delectable Afro-fusion menu in a beautiful setting at the Neck & Deck Restaurant. Their menu offers everything from breakfast, light meals, snacks and salads to burgers, pizza, pasta, wraps and sundowners. There’s sure to be something for all tastes and palates.

And what we love about this destination is that it’s open air restaurant with surrounding views of animals – including a giraffe – making it a summertime must-visit. Also, you can have the opportunity to feed a giraffe!

Click here for more information about the Neck & Deck Restaurant.

2. There’s Plenty Of Activities To Enjoy At The Reserve

There’s an adventure around every corner at Bothongo Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve. Take your pick from an array of wildlife thrills and experience, which includes:

  • Guided or self game drives;
  • Exploring the Bothongo Wondercave;
  • Taking a stroll through the Bothongo African Garden;
  • Cycling the Cradle Bike Park;
  • Viewing Lion, Wild Dog and Cheetah feedings;
  • Taking a tour on the new Hippo Walkway;
  • Visiting the Snake & Reptile Park, and more.

Click here for a full list of activities.


3. The Offer A Relaxing Getaway From the City

Unwind surrounded by wildlife at Bothongo Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve’s chalets and log cabins. The self-catering chalets are equipped with gas appliances and solar (hot water, fridge and 3 plate stove only), so there’s no electricity! Talk about an eco-friendly experience!

And the self-catering four-sleeper family log cabin and a couple log cabin, offering a wonderful home away from home, in the heart of the wilderness, overlooking the lion camp. There’s also a spacious jacuzzi available to ensure complete relaxation!

4. It’s Close To Joburg & Pretoria

You don’t need to travel far to experience wildlife and nature at its best. The Bothongo Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve is located in the Cradle of Humankind in Muldersdrift, a short 45-minute journey from both Johannesburg Central and Pretoria.


5. They Offer Specials, Too!

Keep an eye on their Specials page on their website, as they have a selection of offers and specials to ensure that you get more bang for your buck at Bothongo Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve. These specials include:

Operating Hours

The Bothongo Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve welcomes visitors year-round, but it’s essential to plan your visit according to their operating times:

  • Tuesday to Friday: 08:00 to 17:00
  • Saturday and Sunday: 08:00 to 18:00
  • Monday’s Closed (except during School holidays and/or public holidays) & Public Holidays Open: 08:00 to 17:00

Also note:

  • Monday – 01 January 2024 – they’re open
  • Monday – 08 January 2024 – they’re open

Plan Your Adventure

Before you head out to the Bothongo Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, here are some handy tips to ensure you make the most of your visit:

  • Dress comfortably and in earthy tones to blend in with the surroundings during safaris.
  • Bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the South African sun.
  • Don’t forget your camera or smartphone to capture the unforgettable moments.
  • Check the schedule for feeding tours and guided walks, and book in advance if necessary.
  • Respect the wildlife and follow the instructions of your guides for a safe and enjoyable experience.
  • Take cash along with your for the entrance fees to Bothongo Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve.

For More Information

Visit the Bothongo Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve website at

You can also contact them by calling 011 957 0106 or 011 957 0109, or emailing

Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news, information, offers, events and more.

Address: 520 Kromdraai Road, Kromdraai, Krugersdorp, R540, Cradle of Humankind, Muldersdrift, Gauteng.

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