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Lockdown Updates

Here is what you need to know when planning your next visit to the Bothongo Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve

Dear VALUED GUESTS

Welcome to the Bothongo Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve.

Even though the country and especially Gauteng is going through a very uncertain time and we miss moving around like we used to, we would like you to know that we have what your wild hearts are longing for. The COVID-19 lockdown restrictions means that a few things at the reserve are changing in order to keep you and our staff safe while exploring. Take a look below to see all the amazing things you can still see and do when visiting.

EXPLORE the CHANGES and book your visit

Visit The Bothongo Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve during the #WildWinterWonder campaign and get your tickets at the special price.

the nature reserve

Nature Reserve Times

Tuesday to Friday: 08h00 to 17h00 | Saturday and Sunday: 08h00 to 18h00

Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

Please see below for the specific times and details of each of our restaurants, activities and attractions:

Nature Reserve

OPEN

Times:

  • Monday* to Friday: 08h00 to 17h00
  • Saturday and Sunday: 08h00 to 18h00

*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

Booking Office

OPEN

Times:

  • Monday to Sunday: 08h00 – 17h00

The booking office is at the Welcome Centre and is open. Contact us on (011) 957 0106 during office hours, 7 days a week. 

Ticket Office

OPEN

Times:

  • Monday* to Sunday: 08h00 – 16h00 (last ticket is sold at 15h30) 

The ticket office is located at the Welcome Centre.

*Open on the following Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

Shuu-lo Curio Shop

OPEN

Times:

  • Monday* to Sunday: 08h00 – 16h00 

The Shuu-lo Curio Shop is located at the Welcome Centre.

*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

The Deli

OPEN

Times:

  • Monday to Sunday: 08h00 – 17h00
The Deli is located at the Welcome Centre.

Bothongo WonderCave

TEMPORARILY CLOSED

The Bothongo WonderCave remains CLOSED until the end of November 2021 for renovations.

restaurants

The Thatch Café

OPEN

Times:

  • Monday* to Sunday: 08h00 – 17h00 (last order at 16h30)

*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

Little PidiPidi Play Park @ The Thatch Café

OPEN

Times:

  • *Monday to Thursday: 08h00 – 17h00 
*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

Boma Restaurant

OPEN

Times:

  • Monday* to Sunday: 08h00 – 17h00 (last order at 16h30)
*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

The Neck & Deck Restaurant

OPEN

Times:

  • *Monday to Thursday: 08h00 – 17h00 (last order at 16h30)
  • Friday to Sunday: 08h00 – 19h00 (last order at 18h30)

Giraffe feeding – OPEN when available. Call ahead to avoid disappointment.

*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

Kiddies Play Park @ Neck & Deck

OPEN

Times:

  • *Monday to Thursday: 08h00 – 17h00
  • Friday to Sunday: 08h00 – 19h00
 
*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

Chobe Café

OPEN

Times:

  • Saturday and Sunday: 07h00 – 17h00 (winter times)

Angel’s Den Shebeen

OPEN

Times:

  • *Monday to Thursday: 08h00 – 17h00 (last order at 16h30)
  • Friday to Sunday: 08h00 – 19h00 (last order at 18h30)
*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays.

Okavango Deck

OPEN

Times:

  • Saturday and Sunday: 08h00 – 17h00

Activities

Self-Game Drives

(including 4×4 routes)

OPEN

Times:

  • *Monday to Friday: 08h00 – 17h00
  • Saturday to Sunday: 08h00 – 18h00

The latest a vehicle will be allowed into the reserve is 16h00 and the latest a ticket can be purchased for that day is 15h30.

*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

Guided Game Drives

OPEN

Times:

  • *Monday to Sunday: at 09h00, 12h00 and 15h00 (i.e. three time slots per day)
  • No game drives at 17h00 due to lockdown restrictions

10 persons allowed on 10 seaters

22 persons allowed on 22 Seaters

*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

Braai and Picnic Areas

OPEN

Times:

  • Monday* to Friday: 08h00 to 17h00
  • Saturday and Sunday: 08h00 to 18h00

*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays.

 

The Predator Camps

OPEN

Times:

  • Monday* to Sunday: 09h00 – 16h00
*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

The Predator Feeding

OPEN

Times:

  • Wednesdays, weekends and public holidays: at 13h00

Swimming Pool

Located between the Boma Restaurant and the Braai and Picnic Areas

OPEN

Times:

  • Monday* to Friday: 09h00 to 16h00
  • Saturday and Sunday: 08h00 to 17h00

*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays.

 

The Snake & Reptile Park

OPEN

Times:

  • Monday* to Friday: 08h00 to 17h00
  • Saturday and Sunday: 08h00 to 18h00
Limited to persons covering no more than 50 % of floor space at a time.

*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

The Cradle Bike Shop

OPEN

Times:

  • *Monday to Sunday: 08h00 – 17h00

 
*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

The Cradle Bike Park

OPEN

Times:

  • *Monday to Sunday: 08h00 – 17h00

Limited to 100 persons outdoors.
 
*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

The Waterfowl Park

OPEN

Times:

  • Monday* to Friday: 08h00 to 17h00
  • Saturday and Sunday: 08h00 to 18h00

*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

Wildlife Centre

OPEN

Times:

  • Monday* to Friday: 08h00 to 17h00
  • Saturday and Sunday: 08h00 to 18h00

*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

Bird Park

OPEN

Times:

  • Monday* to Friday: 08h00 to 17h00
  • Saturday and Sunday: 08h00 to 18h00

*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

Snake Shows

OPEN

Times:

  • Monday* to Friday: 08h00 to 17h00
  • Saturday and Sunday: 08h00 to 18h00

*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

Bothongo African Garden

OPEN

Times:

  • Monday* to Friday: 09h00 to 16h00
  • Saturday and Sunday: 08h00 to 17h00

*Open on Mondays during school holidays & Public Holidays. 

Hippo Walkway

TEMPORARILY CLOSED

accomodation

The Log Cabins

OPEN

Our accommodation facilities are open to guests and we ensure proper sanitation with a 24-hour occupation free period in between bookings.

The Chalets

OPEN

Our accommodation facilities are open to guests and we ensure proper sanitation with a 24-hour occupation free period in between bookings.

Visit The Bothongo Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve during the #WildWinterWonder campaign and get your tickets at the special price.

Safety Rules and Regulations

Upon entering the reserve, ALL visitors will be required to undergo Covid-19 screening. Any person that records a body temperature of 37.5 degrees or more will be asked not to enter our reserve or facilities, and we would politely recommend that the person seek medical attention immediately for further testing.

Safety Regulations:

No persons will be allowed entry to the reserve or any facilities without appropriate face masks or shields.

Visitors are required to comply with all recommended social distancing requirements, and wash or sanitise hands regularly. Please note that we prefer not to handle cash, but rather card or online payments.

No persons are permitted to be outside of their vehicle at any time, apart from designated areas and facilities.

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Terms and Conditions

Times and pricing subject to change without notice.

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