Activity Schedule

See which activities are included in your entry fee, and what additional activities are also available

Included Activities

A list of all the activities included in the entrance fee

Lion, Wild Dog & Cheetah Feeding

  • Only available on Wednesdays, Weekends & Public Holidays from 13h00
  • Feeding is a self drive activity
  • Game Drives to the feeding can be booked at an additional fee
  • The pack of Endangered Wild Dogs and the coalition of Cheetahs fed when the prides of Lions are fed.
  • Feeding portions (carcasses & meat) are systematically measured and fed from a vehicle to the pride, pack and coalition.
  • The Brown & White pride of Lions housed separately and fed on alternative days according to a systematically measured schedule.

Live Snake

  • N/A During COVID Lockdown Level 2
  • Available every day except for Mondays & Fridays @ 14h30 depending on the number of interested guests
  • A demonstration with a professional snake handler demonstration a variety of snakes.
  • The demonstration is an enlightening experience on what the role and behaviour of snakes involve.
  • The demonstration takes place @ 14h30 at the pavilion next to the pygmy hippo pools.

Hippo Pools

  • Please note that the hippos are in an enclosure opposite the entrance (view map).
  • To view them, visitors are required to park inside the Reserve and walk across the road to the hippos and breeding centre.
  • The walkway is well fenced off with cables and leads to wooden platforms which afford excellent viewing ofthe hippo pools. Normal access times apply.
  • Tickets can be obtained at the Neck & Deck Restaurant and the Thatch Café.

Waterfowl Park

  • Enclosures erected along a fresh water stream houses different species of swans.
  • Take gentle stroll winding through the enclosures and rest on the benches provided overlooking a small fresh water dam.
  • Open from 09h00 until 16h00 Tuesday to Sunday (Mondays as per Website).

Reptile Park

  • N/A During COVID Lockdown Level 2
  • Close to the wildlife centre is the Snake & Reptile Pit where shows are conducted, winter conditions permitting due to hybernation.
  • These shows are very educational and the professional handlers handle from brown house snakes to puff adders and the like.
  • Valuable information concerning possible snake or reptile bites or other reptile related injuries can be obtained from these shows.
  • Visit our snake / reptile park and view the snakes / reptiles with additional educational written information at each enclosure.

Free 4x4 Route

  • For the fortunate whom visited the Reserve with a 4X4 vehicle
  • Test you driving skills on some sections of the demarcated 4X4 routes and Loop roads (view map).

Vulture Hide

  • The local vulture colonies have been decimated in recent years, due mainly to poisoning.
  • We supply carcasses to the vultures which come mostly from a colony living in the Magaliesberg. They are often joined by a variety of carrion eating birds and are a delight for bird watchers.
  • Please adhere to the rules when entering the hide. Park close to the hide and be quiet at all times whilst inside.
  • This forms part of our Rhino & Lion Wildlife Conservation program as do the the Pygmy Hippos and Clouded Leopards.

Predator Camp

  • Take a drive through the Predator Enclosure and search for the lions in the brown lion and white lion enclosures.
  • Visit the Wild Dog enclosure and Cheetah enclosures to view the animals and their behaviours in their natural relaxed state.

Self Game Drive

  • The Reserve is a Self Drive facility with fairly to well maintained roads accommodation all types of small passenger vehicles.
  • Use the comfort of your own vehicle and preferences to drive through the Reserve and Predator enclosures and view the animals in their habitat.

African Garden

  • Ed Hern’s African Garden is devoted exclusively to (South) African fauna and flora.
  • The Garden features numerous different cycads, aloes, and other African plant life painstakingly placed in and amongst the dolomite rock formations that are indigenous to the Cradle of Humankind world heritage site.
  • The African Garden offers visitors the rare opportunity to view a multitude of small antelope species, including Klipspringer, Suni and Blue Duiker, along with birds like the Blue Crane and Ground Hornbill.

Swimming Pool

  • The small splash pool is available for all to cool down and for the children to enjoy under adult supervision only.
  • A small section forming part of the pool can be used for toddlers under adult supervision only.

Children's Playpark

  • The Reserve established a children's playground and party venue where your child can experience an unforgettable birthday.
  • Children can also enjoy; obstacle courses, trampolines, swings, sandpits, jumping castles and jungle gyms.

Braai & Picnic

  • The Day Visitors Centre / Kiosk is a protected and fenced in area for our visitors.
  • Excellent braai facilities available (grids can be rented at the Kiosk)
  • Ablution facilities
  • A Kiosk with snacks, drinks, food and wood
  • A swimming pool to keep cool and a jungle gym for the kids.
  • Bring your own picnic basket and make use of our Picnic & Braai areas.

Additional Activities

A list of all the activities not included in the entrance fee

Guided Game Drives

  • Feel the rush of adrenaline as you approachthe ultimate predator in our open game viewers under the watchful eye of our experienced guides.
  • Drives can be done to suite yourrequirements during day light hours or for the nocturnal lovers a night drive where the rush will keep you warm.

The Bothongo Wondercave

  • N/A During COVID Lockdown Level 2
  • The Bothongo cave was discovered by Italian miners in 1898. They mined out approximately 15% from the formation and brought them to the surface.
  • This is the 3rd largest chamber is South Africa, the largest being Cango Caves and second largest Sudwala Caves.
  • The entrance to the cave is down a flight of stairs with 87 steps at a 45 degrees angle dropping 22 meters below the surface. From there an elevator takes visitors a further 18 meters into the cave.


  • The Reserve features 5 restaurants at key locations: the Neck & Deck Cafe, the Boma Restaurant, the Playpark Restaurant, the Wondercave Restaurant and the Thatch Cafe.
  • Variety of A La Carte menus’ ranging from Breakfasts, Steaks, Burgers, Fish, Waffles, Pizza’s Meat Baskets and more all at different restaurants.

Bike Park

  • A great experience for the whole family with a variety of tracks to suit all cyclist skills and abilities.
  • The bike park includes facilities for renting equipment on site to enjoy the different tracks.
  • Also available are ablution facilities, a kiosk for snacks and the Thatch cafe with professional baristas.

Giraffe Feeding

  • N/A During COVID Lockdown Level 2
  • Enjoy feeding a relatively tame giraffe and experience the stature of this beautiful tall creature.
  • Feeding buckets can be bought at the Neck & Deck and the giraffe will at it’s own time and leisure enjoy the food you provide if it feels the need to do so.
  • Take pictures on the Deck with the magnificent animal in your background.

Guided Walks

  • Experience a guided walk at the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve in a fenced-off area of the Reserve,during which you may expect to see several different species of antelope, and other wildlife, plants and birdlife.
  • The +-90 minute leisurely, informative gentle stroll will also educate you through experiencedguides of bird calls, trails, insects, plants, history etc. with everything taking on more significance and giving you a much deeper understanding of your environment.

Protea 4x4 Adventures

  • Protea 4X4 Adventures has put together a fun-filled family-day that is aimed at enabling you to make use of your vehicle in the way that it was designed to be used as a fun, exploration tool!
  • Join us for a family day at the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve in the Cradle Of Humankind, Kromdraai, where you can get away from the humdrum of city life and get a taste of the new lifestyle that your 4×4 vehicle will introduce to you.

Activity Schedule

Time Activity Location Weekly Schedule
13h00 Predator Feeding Predator Camp x x x x
14h30 Live Snake Display Kiosk Pavilion x x x x x x
15h00 Cheetah Talk (when available) Kiosk x x x x x x