2 Alternative Animal Parks To Visit

2 Alternative Animal Parks To Visit

When you visit South Africa there are so many nature reserves and animal parks that it can be hard to decide where to go to. Although Kruger Park would sit high at the top of most people’s lists, it can be a bit of a trek from Johannesburg. At Rhino Shuttles we do offer tour transfers to Kruger Park, but here are two alternative animal parks you should visit that are closer to the Johannesburg area.

Lion Park


A must see for lovers of big cats, Lion Park lets you get up close to all the action. Situated near Lanseria Airport and Fourways, the park is easy to get to from Johannesburg and Pretoria. The park offers a number of different activities and tours allowing visitors to see lions and other big cats in a semi-wild environment. There are many moments to take beautiful photographs along the way and professional photographers are also on site to capture your memories for sharing with family and friends back home.

Tours and activities include:

  • Self-drive  or day/night-guided tours in safari vehicles
  • Cheetah walks with fully-grown cheetahs
  • Lion tours with world-renowned animal behaviourist, Alex Larenty
  • The new photographic tour in silent electric vehicles

All members of the family can enjoy seeing the rare white lions, cheetah, wild dog, brown and spotted hyena, black backed jackal, antelope, and more. It is a great place to visit with the children too with a number of learning, petting and feeding opportunities. Kids can visit baby animals in Cub World and use up some of their energy in the amusement park which is full of rides and jungle gyms.

Croc City


For reptile enthusiasts, Croc City is the place to head to. Those with a fear of snakes, crocs or other reptiles should stay well clear though! The crocodile and reptile park has been open for more than 15 years now and still attracts tourists, both local and international, due to it being a one-of-a-kind animal park. It has also become one of the world’s favourite wildlife filming venues for reptiles. Located in the Fourways region of Gauteng, it is in a good location from Johannesburg.

The park gives visitors the chance to interact with the reptiles and embrace the scary side by holding some of the deadliest creatures. There are opportunities to hold baby crocodiles, exotic snakes and even tarantulas. If you prefer to see the reptiles from a distance though, the park has some of South Africa’s most venomous snakes on display, including the black and green mamba. Guided tours will take you to see crocodiles of all sizes, and you might even be able to spot a tortoise or two along the way.

Child and adult friendly, there are amusements and attractions for any age. The FlyOver lets visitors fly over the park on a zip wire, seeing the crocodiles from above. Only for the brave at heart; if you have a fear of heights you should avoid this one!

Gather more ideas on what to see and do during your stay in South Africa by checking out the rest of our blog. If you need help getting around, at Rhino Shuttles we offer airport shuttle services and chauffeur transportation. Contact us for a quote.