The Ultimate Guide to Winter Wildlife Safaris in Johannesburg


Discover the Wild Side of South Africa this Season

1. Lion and Safari Park

Visit the famous Lion and Safari Park in Johannesburg, where you can see incredible wildlife up close. Embark on a guided safari tour through the park to spot lions, cheetahs, giraffes, and more.


2. Pilanesberg National Park

Explore the Pilanesberg National Park, located just a few hours from Johannesburg. The park is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and buffalo) and offers visitors a chance to witness these majestic animals in their natural habitat.


3. Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve

Discover the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, a popular wildlife sanctuary near Johannesburg. Take a guided game drive to see rhinos, lions, buffalo, and other fascinating creatures. Don't miss the opportunity to interact with some of the park's resident animal ambassadors.


4. Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

Head to the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre to learn about the conservation efforts to protect these beautiful and endangered animals. Take a guided tour to see cheetahs, wild dogs, and other remarkable wildlife species.


5. Cradle of Humankind

Explore the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and learn about the evolution of humankind. Besides the archaeological wonders, the area is also home to various wildlife, such as zebras, antelope, and a diversity of bird species.


6. De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre

Visit the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre, dedicated to the preservation and breeding of cheetahs and other endangered species. Take a guided tour to observe these incredible creatures and learn about the conservation efforts being made.


7. Bester Birds and Animal Zoo Park

Visit the Bester Birds and Animal Zoo Park to experience an array of colorful bird species, reptiles, small mammals, and intriguing farm animals. Enjoy a picnic while watching fascinating bird shows.


8. Dinokeng Game Reserve

Visit the Dinokeng Game Reserve, a unique wildlife reserve where the Big Five peacefully roam. Embark on a thrilling game drive to witness elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffalos, and lions in their natural habitat.


9. Wonder Cave

Descend into the depths of the Wonder Cave and explore this extraordinary underground marvel. While not wildlife-specific, you may spot bats, spiders, and blind fish as you marvel at the impressive rock formations.


10. Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Visit the Rietvlei Nature Reserve, a 3,800-hectare haven for wildlife just outside Johannesburg. Enjoy self-drive or guided game drives to see animals such as cheetahs, white rhinos, zebras, and an abundance of birdlife.