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Bothongo Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve

In the heart of the Cradle of Humankind

Our top attractions

The Bothongo Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve boasts a remarkable array of attractions that captivate visitors.


Explore WonderCaves' enchanting depths, where nature's secrets unfold in a mesmerizing underground adventure for all ages.

Guided Game Drives

Embark on thrilling guided game drives, immersing in the wild's breathtaking beauty and wildlife wonders.

Kids Play Parks

Delight in endless fun with our kiddies' play areas and refreshing swimming pool oasis.


Savour culinary delights at Neck and Deck, Thatch, or Boma restaurant, igniting taste sensations


Gauteng's largest cave

Discover the awe-inspiring wonders within the depths of South Africa’s 3rd largest living cave chamber at Wonder Cave, nestled within the Bothongo Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve.

Self-drive entry is included in the WonderCave experience. 

Embark on an unforgettable guided journey through nature’s marvels as you walk through Wonder Cave’s breathtaking beauty.

the nearest faraway place

Wind-down, relax and connect with nature

Experience rustic charm in our tranquil log cabins amidst nature’s embrace

Have fun!

There's so much to do

Bothongo Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve is jampacked with activities for the whole family. Whether you’re in the mood for a relaxing bush escape or a day full of adventure, you’ll find something here that's just right for you.

Welcome Centre

Restaurants & Cafes


the nearest faraway place

Guided Game Drives &

Embark on thrilling adventures through our reserve with guided game drives or self-drives, exploring diverse wildlife and breathtaking landscapes at your pace and preference.

Bike Park &
Kids Play Areas

Cycling paradise & outdoor excitement

Dive into fun at our BMX Bike Park, where exhilarating rides meet refreshing swimming pools and vibrant kids’ play areas, ensuring a day filled with excitement and joy for all

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Ever seen a rhino up close? Well, you just might at our reserve! 📸 And we've got the best views in Gauteng! Join us for an adventure and see these majestic creatures like never before. Trust us, it's rhino-tastic! 🐾✨

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Our Wild Dog pack, an endangered species, is more active than ever in this cooler winter weather. Don't miss the chance to see these incredible animals in action! The chill in the air creates the perfect opportunity to see many of the species at their most active! 🐾

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Have you met our gentle giant yet? 🦒 Come to the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve and get up close with Skye the giraffe. It's an experience you won't forget! 🌿 #GiraffeFeeding #RhinoAndLionNatureReserve #WhatToDoThisWeekend See MoreSee Less

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yes we did hes so cute.

Thats us Beautiful

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Hey Kids!

Ready for an Epic Adventure at Bothongo Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve? 🦏🌟

There's SO MUCH FUN waiting for you:

🎠 Awesome Play Areas: Climb, slide, and swing to your heart's content!
🚴‍♂️ BMX Track: Zoom around the track – bikes available to rent!
🦒 Feed the Giraffes: Get up close and personal with these gentle giants at Neck and Deck Restaurant!
🚗 Self-Drives & Guided Game Drives: Explore the wild – either drive with your family or hop on a guided tour!
🐍 Wildlife Centre & Reptile Shows: Meet cool creatures and watch amazing reptile shows (weekends)!
🍔 Picnic Areas: Bring your snacks and enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors!

It’s a place where fun never ends and adventures are around every corner! Tell your parents to plan a visit – you won’t want to miss this!

#BothongoFun #KidAdventures #BMXRiders #GiraffeFeeding #WildlifeRocks #PicnicTime
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Hey Kids! 

Ready for an Epic Adventure at Bothongo Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve? 🦏🌟

Theres SO MUCH FUN waiting for you:

🎠 Awesome Play Areas: Climb, slide, and swing to your hearts content!
🚴‍♂️ BMX Track: Zoom around the track – bikes available to rent!
🦒 Feed the Giraffes: Get up close and personal with these gentle giants at Neck and Deck Restaurant!
🚗 Self-Drives & Guided Game Drives: Explore the wild – either drive with your family or hop on a guided tour!
🐍 Wildlife Centre & Reptile Shows: Meet cool creatures and watch amazing reptile shows (weekends)!
🍔 Picnic Areas: Bring your snacks and enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors!

It’s a place where fun never ends and adventures are around every corner! Tell your parents to plan a visit – you won’t want to miss this!

#BothongoFun #KidAdventures #BMXRiders #GiraffeFeeding #WildlifeRocks #PicnicTimeImage attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

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Our guests love the reserve

Magugu Marylin MhlangaMagugu Marylin Mhlanga
16:55 07 Jul 24
Great food, animal view is great
Deez GovenderDeez Govender
17:58 05 Jul 24
Excellent experience. You get 4 of the Big 5. Routes are easy to manouevre. Staff are friendly. Rhinos are not de-horned. Strongly recommended!
Bianca van WykBianca van Wyk
13:44 05 Jul 24
What a wonderful experience. The excitement of finding animals such as the lions and all the animals. The guide book was my favourite part. We take for granted what beautiful animals we have here and this reserve does not disappoint. My favourite was the jaguar. How it was pacing and they have everything available. You can day camp and braai there. And it was so peaceful.The cave is not for everyone and that's OK. But I enjoyed the peacefulness of the reserve and it was honestly amazing.
Larry MabsLarry Mabs
19:49 04 Jul 24
subutay ceyhansubutay ceyhan
12:51 03 Jul 24
Ria PretoriusRia Pretorius
12:28 02 Jul 24
Wouter ProzeskyWouter Prozesky
04:08 02 Jul 24
Chris RadleyChris Radley
15:07 30 Jun 24
Sipho QwabeSipho Qwabe
09:14 30 Jun 24
Has an awesome day with my family
Kutwaroo YudishKutwaroo Yudish
05:31 27 Jun 24
Wonderful experience
Danielle du ToitDanielle du Toit
10:31 26 Jun 24
Felt more like a zoo as there is enclosures and yet the reserve has so much more space that they could have made the enclosures bigger. The cheetahs were in distress as they were pacing up and down. At night you can hear their calls and it's actually very sad. The log cabins is very outdated and the bathroom shower is so filled with mold that you are too scared to take a shower. While they do have also of free roaming animals, it was overall a good experience but they need to improve on alot of things.
Dj shakir WilliamsDj shakir Williams
10:12 25 Jun 24
Hilton KriekHilton Kriek
13:39 24 Jun 24
Was a great experience, the staff were friendly, the checkin was streamlined and the log cabin was perfect. We really enjoyed out 4 Nighy stay and will recommend it to anyone.
marco van heerdenmarco van heerden
19:07 23 Jun 24
16:57 23 Jun 24
Mbali DlaminiMbali Dlamini
18:09 22 Jun 24
Mish MawelaMish Mawela
11:31 22 Jun 24
Ervine KekanaErvine Kekana
19:28 20 Jun 24
Absolute gem in Johannesburg!!
Maxine KoekemoerMaxine Koekemoer
21:05 19 Jun 24
such a lovely place to visit. Tons to see and kids love it. Food is great. Animals are awesome 👌
shannon paulshannon paul
09:11 19 Jun 24
Tafara ChitsigaTafara Chitsiga
05:35 19 Jun 24
Safe free parking and great coffee!
08:38 18 Jun 24
17:16 17 Jun 24
It was a great experience, I would recommend doing the self drive. Lots to see and do, mountain bike tracks for adults and children.
evelynn rose Jenzerevelynn rose Jenzer
16:46 17 Jun 24
What an awesome outing. Loved Everything. Big Nuz was great with us and what a lovely person. Will definitely be back. Big Nuz (Maxwell) you are the best.
Dinalia NaiduDinalia Naidu
08:53 17 Jun 24
Melissa UysMelissa Uys
12:00 16 Jun 24
We spent the whole day between self-drive, other enclosures, feeding the giraffe and the wonder cave! At the wonder cave, they had a few school groups that booked quite a few slots but the amazing Rose, Monique and the gentleman i forgot is name but he did a great job they really put in a great effort and made it enjoyable. My partner is from Chile and had a wonderful time seeing all the beautiful animals up close and with ease.
Refiloe MarevRefiloe Marev
06:08 16 Jun 24
I was there yesterday. More than i expected. It is a Mini Kruger National Park. Picnic area is so wonderful. Clean toilets, water taps everywhere, a lot of space for every family. At first, the map is a bit complicated but becomes easier as you drive around. I will go again very soon...
Petrus MabizelaPetrus Mabizela
05:16 16 Jun 24
Tiaan KotzeTiaan Kotze
15:57 15 Jun 24
The game was a bit sparse, accomodation was good, staff friendly
Stefan ElsStefan Els
14:07 15 Jun 24
Mandy DavisMandy Davis
07:32 15 Jun 24
It's so amazing to have such a great reserve right on our doorstep! I love going to the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve.
Anatoly StAnatoly St
18:33 13 Jun 24
Wonderful, wonderful, only positive impressions
Bhekisisa Antony NkalaBhekisisa Antony Nkala
10:37 13 Jun 24
Vishal RamphalVishal Ramphal
18:01 12 Jun 24
What a perfect place to be with loved ones. Visited today purely by chance and what I can tell you is that is is the most underrated venue in Johannesburg. Better than the other place, way cheaper too. Staff are just great and the pizza at the Neck & Deck restaurant will blow your socks off... Trust me...GO TO THIS PLACE!
Eckard HumanEckard Human
03:35 12 Jun 24
Linge RasivhetsheleLinge Rasivhetshele
18:48 11 Jun 24
Meagan FransMeagan Frans
12:54 10 Jun 24
Frank SerraoFrank Serrao
15:38 09 Jun 24
ricky pereiraricky pereira
13:00 09 Jun 24
06:13 09 Jun 24
Werner TaljaardWerner Taljaard
20:52 08 Jun 24
Samuel WepenerSamuel Wepener
18:54 08 Jun 24
Marnus CoetzeeMarnus Coetzee
04:52 07 Jun 24
Elize BoemerElize Boemer
17:49 06 Jun 24
Lovely week experienced
Resham SathideenResham Sathideen
16:51 05 Jun 24
Reabetsoe MabooaReabetsoe Mabooa
16:20 05 Jun 24
Mathe KgomotsoMathe Kgomotso
14:28 05 Jun 24
Amanda BonifaceAmanda Boniface
05:32 05 Jun 24
Overseas visitors enjoyed visiting and going on the Safari tour.
Mélissa MontocchioMélissa Montocchio
15:13 03 Jun 24
Bianca FlorioBianca Florio
07:32 03 Jun 24
Our favorite place to go for a weekend away! The cabins are in perfect condition and friendly staff!
Tracy MhunguTracy Mhungu
03:53 03 Jun 24
Beautiful place, we had an amazing time loved the game drive.They have a playing area for the kids and bicycle track
Ceejay ElsCeejay Els
16:13 02 Jun 24
The Reserve is clean and all the workers are friendly.
Karel Edward RoodtKarel Edward Roodt
07:47 02 Jun 24
It was an amazing experience and I truly loved every moment.
Kenneth HashaKenneth Hasha
10:00 01 Jun 24
Danie StoopDanie Stoop
13:58 31 May 24
It was great! Many animals to see! Fields are beautiful and green after rains. Some roads a bit bad due to rain, but they are working at it. Really worth the while. Make sure to visit neck&deck.
Charlotte FullerCharlotte Fuller
07:40 31 May 24
Amazing and beautiful place
Werner MommsenWerner Mommsen
17:13 30 May 24
Deidre NaudeDeidre Naude
13:30 30 May 24
Loved every moment of my day. Enjoyed the caves and saw so many animals. Everything was clean and well organised.
Akani MbhombhiAkani Mbhombhi
12:49 30 May 24
Stephan SmithStephan Smith
19:19 29 May 24
Lerato MokoenaLerato Mokoena
13:42 29 May 24
Thabile ShongweThabile Shongwe
05:08 28 May 24
elsabe blackieelsabe blackie
13:55 27 May 24
My happy place!! Absolutely worth every cent! Animals are looked after and every single staff member is so friendly and welcoming! Stayed in the Couples Cabin and it was neat and beautiful!! Thanks to Rudi, Angie, Donna and all the other staff for making it such a great experience! See you next year again!!!
Divi-mari ClaassensDivi-mari Claassens
17:22 25 May 24
elias lesibaelias lesiba
18:39 23 May 24
riaan barnardriaan barnard
06:10 23 May 24
Willie de JongeWillie de Jonge
05:18 23 May 24
Marien GrahamMarien Graham
11:43 19 May 24
Went for a self-drive 09:00 - 11:40. It is wonderful that one doesn't have to drive for HOURS to see something (this is my experience of the much larger National Kruger Park). As we entered, we immediately started seeing animals and they were up close. We arrived at the caves at 11:40 to start our 1-hour cave adventure at 12:00. It started on time and it was just wonderful! It's constantly (throughout the entire year) 16 degrees Celsius. It sounds cold BUT DO NOT TAKE A JACKET. The cave is VERY humid inside, and everyone in the group that wore jackets, took their jackets off. Wear hiking shoes with good grip, because it is dark and slippery in there. It was just a wonderful day. The restaurant (Neck & Deck) is great. The only one "flaw" was that we were 4 people, and for 3 of us, our food was timely, but the 4th person only received his pizza later (the rest of us didn't have pizza), so we were already halfway through our food when the pizza arrived. So I will write a review for the restaurant pointing out that, if the pizza takes longer, then start with it in advance. But this being said, the food was great and the atmosphere is great. The views are amazing (overlooking wild animals). I had the grilled hake, and it was flawless. Overall, overlooking the late pizza, the day was excellent and Bothongo Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve deserves a 5-star review.
Laurent MornetLaurent Mornet
19:07 12 May 24
We stayed 2 nights in the cabin log with jacuzzi and we had a wonderful time. The chalet was not brand new but well equipped, clean and comfortable for us. We had a Rhino with the baby stayed in front of our cabin the whole night. We would definitely go again.
Celeste EastwoodCeleste Eastwood
16:42 12 May 24
Really yummy pizza!! Beer on tap. Bring your cozzie, there's a pool!Was lovely to feed and pet a giraffe for the first time in my life - but shame, he/she needs a friend ☺️
Saroj Kumar SahuSaroj Kumar Sahu
03:50 27 Mar 24
Our visit to Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve was truly unforgettable! From the moment we stepped foot in the reserve, it was evident that we were in for an incredible experience. Watching the majestic lions and even having the opportunity to feed them was a highlight for both the kids and us.The safari experience at Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve was exceptional. The knowledgeable guides ensured that we got up close and personal with a variety of animals, making it an educational and thrilling adventure for the whole family. We were delighted to see so many different species in their natural habitat, which left us with a sense of wonder and appreciation for the diversity of wildlife.Overall, our day trip to Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve exceeded our expectations in every way. It was a perfect blend of excitement, education, and family bonding. We highly recommend this reserve to anyone looking for an unforgettable safari experience.
Asta B.Asta B.
18:34 21 Feb 24
Great safari experience, highly recommend! Us as a family with your children, we loved seeing all the animals. And we saw sow many of them! Was a great day trip!
Cassidy LeslieCassidy Leslie
16:04 14 Jan 24
Sadly we arrived later and missed the giraffe feeding. The game drive was excellent and my daughter enjoyed seeing all the animals. Weeks later, she's still talking about this experience.
Ballók AnitaBallók Anita
17:54 13 Jan 24
jason adriaansejason adriaanse
13:07 12 Jan 24
Over delivered in terms of what was offered and the value received. Friendly and helpful guides. Great family outing. Highly recommended
19:57 09 Jan 24
This is such a beautiful place. There’s a lot of animals to see. 3 restaurant to eat at. Loads of stuff for the kids to do. This place is a must see and you can even feed a giraffe on the deck of 1 of the restaurants.
Jonathan FrölanderJonathan Frölander
16:11 05 Jan 24
Very well spent money on a guided game drive around at the reserve.Most of the different animals were visible and the nature in the reserve was really beautiful.The guide was the big start of the tour. She was very informative with a great passion.I can highly recommend this trip.
Nicole DicksNicole Dicks
17:30 03 Jan 24
Wonderful experience. It felt like money well spent. There was lots to do: Cave experience, reptile show, feeding of predators and variety of buck during driving around the reserve.
Aranganathan SAranganathan S
15:04 31 Dec 23
Cars can go for safari here, if you don’t have car then you can choose open safari vehicle. There is a feeding time for lions, wild dogs, cheetahs. There is a cave, visit it. This area is safe. The staffs are friendly. It is completely outside of Johannesburg. While returning it would be tough to get taxis using bolt or uber. Come here at 9 or 10 AM and spend enough time here. 3 hours could be enough but with kids, you can spend more time. Photographers must bring good zooming lens.
Masego BandaMasego Banda
18:49 09 Sep 23
Went for a day, to the restaurant. Let’s start with the drive: lovely views of mountains and green trees —felt like a local gateway which was fun. The entrance is clean and well-maintained. This place is popular for their restaurant, but it also offers overnight accommodation and a game drive.We went to the restaurant, the attraction point is *drum roll* feeding the giraffe😅 while you wait for your meal or after your meal, you have the option to feed the giraffe for R50 (how cool).The food was amazing, and well priced. It’s a good place to go for a first-date, birthday celebration or just a simple Sunday family outing. Definitely recommend!

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