Drakenstein Lion Park was established in 1998 to provide lions in distress with sanctuary, where they could live in safety, free from abuse and persecution, and be treated with the compassion and respect they deserved.

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We have assisted Animals Lebanon in providing a lifetime home to a number of lions, but there are hundreds more that are in desperate need. Warning - not for sensitive viewers. ...

How could this lion possibly survive? Only one year old, Queen was lifeless and suffering. She couldn't stand, she couldn't eat, her body was shutting down. Her life took a terribly tragic turn when she was taken from her mother just months old. Kept in a home as an exotic pet, it was only a matter of time until Queen got this bad. Can Queen help save other lions, tigers and cheetahs before they suffer too? It is happening right now and it is happening more often - zoos are breeding lions for the exotic pet trade and others are trafficked from Syria. The lucky few have been rescued, but far more have suffered and died horrible deaths. We need your help now! This is the time to stop the trafficking and sale of these endangered species! Go to www.animalslebanon.org/bigcats - its the Last Chance for Big Cats...

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Drakenstein Lion Park is the only genuine lion sanctuary in the Western Cape, with the largest lion population, including rare white lions.

Drakenstein Lion Park is now home to a new facility, Chimp Haven. This facility has been purpose built to house the animals displace by the closure of Tygerberg Zoo and is a lifetime home to chimpanzees and a host of other small animals.

Tented camp test

Overnight in our well appointed tented camp surrounded by lions! Traditional South African cuisine and Boland hospitality.


Volunteer at Drakenstein Lion Park.


Was absolutely beautiful,emotional and touching. Keep doing this for as long as it takes. Keep up the good work.

 Nicole, Cape Town Nicole, Cape Town

It’s so wonderful to see a place where these creatures may spend their days in safety and away from the public eye if they choose.

Penelope Rogers, Australia Penelope Rogers, Australia

What a fantastic visit this was. How wonderful to see the obviously contented and well cared for lions.

Moira & Nicci Dennis, Cape Town Moira & Nicci Dennis, Cape Town

Nice to see such a well kept natural environment for the lions. great work!

Laura & Owen, USA Laura & Owen, USA

In a climate where South Africa’s lions and other rare animals are exploited mercilessly in captive conditions for commercial gain, genuine places of sanctuary are hard to find. We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to Drakenstein Lion Park for providing a safe-haven for lions rescued from canned hunting conditions, and we appeal for public support for this operation.

 The Global White Lion Protection Trust The Global White Lion Protection Trust

Adopt A Lion

Your donation contributes directly towards a portion of the care costs for the adopted lion. This includes food, veterinary care and housing costs. Each adoptive parent will get an acknowledgement on the lions information board at the Park as well as on our website. [Read more here]

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