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User currently offlinedl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11445 posts, RR: 76
Posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2216 times:
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Quick question...going to have a day to kill in Joburg next week and wondering what to do. I'd like to take the wife to a game preserve near there, but don't know which ones are close enough and decent enough to make it worthwhile.

I'd appreciate any input, or alternative suggestions. Will be leaving early Thursday for trip to Drakensburg mtns so Wednesday is basically my acclimitization day.

THanks in advance.

[Edited 2012-08-01 09:50:32]


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User currently onlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21105 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2201 times:

Quoting dl021 (Thread starter):
I'd like to take the wife to a game preserve near there

Look out for snoop lions.   

-Mir



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User currently offlinedl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11445 posts, RR: 76
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2198 times:
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Smart ass.   Just looking for a place to take Debbie to see lions and tigers and bears since we don't have time to go to Kruger or someplace else. Just a daytrip.


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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2985 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2176 times:

I don't think there are many big game parks near Joburg, Pilanesberg is possibly the closest. It's still a couple of hours away though.
There are other sights in the province though.

signol



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User currently offlineJasondn From South Africa, joined Nov 2007, 202 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2143 times:

http://www.lion-park.com/

This might help. Just outside Randburg on the way to Lanseria Airport. Enjoy SA, Drakensberg will be fantastic.


User currently offlinedl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11445 posts, RR: 76
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2134 times:
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I was looking at that...have you been? thanks for the input!


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User currently offlineJasondn From South Africa, joined Nov 2007, 202 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2088 times:

Yes, I have been and its worth the visit. If I remember correctly, they have a petting zoo with lion cubs.

You won't see many Tigers and Bears as we dont get them here in Africa, but if you want to see the other cats, Leopard, cheetah, etc. Johannesburg zoo would be an alternative. As zoos go, it is huge and probably the best in Africa.


User currently offlinedl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11445 posts, RR: 76
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2026 times:
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Thanks Jason...I was sort of kidding with David about the tigers and bears, oh my! but I think we're going to go to the lion and rhino park right there and get the ranger guided trip.

much appreciated.



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User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6265 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2002 times:

Quoting dl021 (Reply 2):
Just looking for a place to take Debbie to see lions and tigers and bears since we don't have time to go to Kruger or someplace else.

Contrary to popular belief, game animals don't just roam around all of southern Africa  

I have not been to this Lion Park, but I have been to the Joburg Zoo and enjoyed it.


User currently offlineGEEZER From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1960 times:

Quoting dl021 (Reply 2):
Just looking for a place to take Debbie to see lions and tigers

I hate to disappoint you, but I can just about guarantee that you WON"T see any tigers ! (unless they're in a zoo)

Charley



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User currently offlineGEEZER From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

While we're on the topic of "things to see" in South Africa...............(this is probably too far south for your present trip) but I was just looking through a book I have today, and I saw something that really surprised me...........mainly because I had never heard about it before..........Table Mountain, overlooking Cape Town. I can't believe I've never heard about it before; one great, huge mountain, perfectly flat on top...........with a big mountain on either side, both "conical" like most mountains are.

It says there's a lot of wild life living on it, but unfortunately all of the lions and leopards are long gone.

Charley



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User currently offlineJasondn From South Africa, joined Nov 2007, 202 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1921 times:

Quoting GEEZER (Reply 10):
While we're on the topic of "things to see" in South Africa...............(this is probably too far south for your present trip) but I was just looking through a book I have today, and I saw something that really surprised me...........mainly because I had never heard about it before..........Table Mountain, overlooking Cape Town. I can't believe I've never heard about it before; one great, huge mountain, perfectly flat on top...........with a big mountain on either side, both "conical" like most mountains are.

It says there's a lot of wild life living on it, but unfortunately all of the lions and leopards are long gone.

Charley

It's what I look at every day of my life....my office is at the base of the mountain.


User currently offlinedl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11445 posts, RR: 76
Reply 12, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1881 times:
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Guys...I appreciate it...there's an old line from a song or movie that goes "lions and tigers and bears, oh my!" and that' swhta I was referring to. I understand that there aren't any tigers in southern Africa outside of zoos and preserves, and I was actually hoping more to see some animals native to the area.

The lion and rhino preserve in guateng sounds pretty nice. I do wonder if there's an available baboon hunting expedition....I understand that irritates certain categories of people....who've never met a baboon.



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User currently offlineJasondn From South Africa, joined Nov 2007, 202 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1779 times:

Quoting dl021 (Reply 12):
I do wonder if there's an available baboon hunting expedition....I understand that irritates certain categories of people....who've never met a baboon.

You seriously want to hunt a baboon? Why? If you come down to the Western Cape, they are all over the mountains etc.. They will come right up to you. No need to go and hunt them......they are very common. Granted, they are quite ugly and can be vicious, but we live with them.


User currently offlineGEEZER From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1752 times:

Quoting Jasondn (Reply 11):
It's what I look at every day of my life....my office is at the base of the mountain.

Jasondn..........

Your tourist bureau ( or who ever is responsible for getting the word out to the world that you have fantastic things to look at ), are dropping the ball !

I've seen ten million photos of Ayres Rock in Australia for years and years ! From the looks of the photo of Table Mountain in this book I have, it looks every bit as "awesome" as Ayres Rock ! I can't believe there are no photos of it floating around.

Have you ever been on it ? How about the difficulty of climbing it ? I think maybe d1021 is missing a great opportunity if he doesn't come to Cape Town and see this thing.

Charley



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User currently offlinedl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11445 posts, RR: 76
Reply 15, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1472 times:
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Guys...I'm back and the trip was outstanding. I'll make it to the Western Cape next time, as I do want to climb Table Mountain.

Lesotho is a beautiful place and the people very friendly, and the Land Rover Experience people in Joburg are excellent.

I strongly recommend the Irene County Lodge in Centurion, and Oranje Gastplaats near Fouriesburg. Katse Dam Lodge and Sani Pass Lodge are decent for their locations and staff.

The Lion and Rhino park in Guateng is very good and a worthwhile day trip.

The best way to travel in country is with a Land Rover Defender you can rent through the Land Rover Experience folks.

Go to the Drakensburg mountains at least once in your life.

Photos are up on FB and



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