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.

The Park is situated in the scenic Cape Winelands and comprises of 50 acres of sprawling lion habitat.

The Park is actively involved in improving the quality of life of lions in captivity, locally as well as internationally, either by offering these animals a lifetime home or working in conjunction with other animal welfare organizations to secure a safe future for individual animals in dire need.

The Park is not involved in commercial breeding or trade and offers lifetime care to all of it’s animals. All the animals brought to the Park are captive bred / hand reared and cannot be rehabilitated to the wild. The animals at the Park are assured a chance of living out their natural lives in an enriched and safe environment.

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

Beware of facilities making false and misleading claims. Many claim to ‘rescue lions’, undertake ‘research’ and ‘rehabilitate’ lions, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Genuine lion sanctuaries are not involved in captive breeding and provide lifetime care to their resident animals. Genuine lion sanctuaries do not offer ‘petting’ opportunities.


I have personally visited Drakenstein and can safely say this is a stunning example of care, commitment and dedication into providing a perfect safe haven for these magnificent big cats. The welfare of each and every cat is of utmost importance and this is clearly evident with all cats looking in peak condition as are the very large natural enclosures with plenty of cover
Iain Cooke Iain Cooke
Excellent place. Lions are very lucky to have such good people looking out for them.
Anne Canavan, Wales Anne Canavan, Wales
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
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.
I will never forget the of the lion’s roars vibrating through my body as we slept in the Ingonyama Tented Camp at the Drakenstein Lion Park. Paul Hart has achieved wonders at this sanctuary for rescued lions. It is truly a place of peace and safety for the King of the beasts. The integrity and honesty found there, I have never felt in any other place of its kind.
Wynter Worsthorne, AnimalTalk, UK. Wynter Worsthorne, AnimalTalk, UK.