If there’s one thing my nephew loves more than a shower, it’s taking pictures.
The trick is to wake up and make the conscious decision that today is going to be the best day and continue to do this every day until you simply cannot stand all the happy.
Today we visited The Lion Park in Johannesburg, an eco-tourism destination which basically means they take care of endangered wildlife in an effort to conserve the species. This park deals mainly with the endangered wild dog, the white lion and cheetahs.
This is an amazing way to spend the day with the family or with friends. We arrived just in time for the feeding of the lions. The lions are usually fed at night at 7 pm but on Sundays they are fed at noon. As we got to the first camp, the lions were waiting at the gate, they knew it was lunch time. The cars drive on a dirt road around an island of grass and park on the edges. The lions are in their natural habitat and are not caged in so it was very important to keep our windows closed at all times. There are about 4 lion camps with no less than four lions each. Some camps have whole families with two or three cubs feeding as well. After the lions, there is the wild dog camp and the cheetah camp where you get to see them in their natural habitat.
After the feeding we drove around the park to catch a glimpse of the other animals: the wildebeest, various buck, zebra and giraffe. We then parked the car and walked into the enclosed area where they keep the babies. We got to go inside the cages and play with the cubs for a bit, 2 minutes to be exact; the line was incredibly long. There are professional photographers who take your picture and put it on what looks like the cover of the National Geographic and for a small fee, you get to take it home.
I would recommend this outing to any South African and those of you visiting from abroad, this is a must see. You won’t find many places where you’re able to be this close to these majestic animals.
You can find them here