Foe something like 5USD you could participate in the breeding programme. Still onsite at Antelope Park this is the sort of place that to me feels like a zoo and I diddn't like it.
But here they are doing all of this for good reason, there are so few lions left in the wilds of Africa its heartbreaking - here they are breeding and monitoring them very closley.
Walking with the Lions was one of my African highlights.
You are briefed fully before you get out into the game reserve, you have guides with you at all times.
The lions were so happy wandering around, growling, playing, drinking - such a wonderful experience which all in all lasted about 90 minutes I think.
I never did this whilst at Antelope Park but my 2 friends did and they loved it.
You ride the Elephants along the river bed and at certain times of the year you can sit on them whilst they bathe in the river too!
They call this activity Lion Cub Viewing.
In fact you get to go into the pen where the Lion Cubs live, when I say a pen - its a huge pen and there is plenty of room for them to run around and have fun!
We spent around 30 Minutes in with the Lion Cubs and it was soooooo amazing! I couldnt quite believe that I had a lion cub sitting on my lap!
These particular Lions have been born here, but as we found out they are still wild animals and should be treated with care - of course they are tame when you compare them to Lions in the Serengeti for example - But they are still a wild cat.
You can not beat the rare and unusual experience of playing with 12 week old lion cubs. Their teeth are very sharp and their paws are large and strong, but the feeling of being one with nature is a magnificent expeience that Anne and I will remember for the rest of our lives.
It is amazing just how unpredictable these 10 month old lions were. One minute they would be walking beside you just taking in the scenery and the next they were ambushing each other, or practicing their hunting skills on each other. I am just glad that they did not practice on us!
The species in the reserve include non-predatory animals like Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Impala, Kudu, Warthog, Jackal, Duiker (and many other species of buck and antelope), as well as 150 species of birds. The three kilometre lake in front of the camp is also host to an abundance of bird life, including the great African Fish Eagle.
Because the animals in the Reserve are all non-predatory, this makes it a safe place to explore and view game either on foot or on horseback. If you like jogging every day, what better place to run around than a reserve where you jog past giraffe cavorting in the grass.
Because the animals in the Reserve are all non-predatory, this makes it a safe place to explore and view game either on foot or on elephant back. If you like jogging every day, what better place to run around than a reserve where you jog past zebra cavorting in the grass.
Finally the elephant gets its revenge and dunks you while it maks rumbling noises of great content. The swim lasts for around twenty minutes and costs US$15.00.
Anne and I felt that all of the activities were very well priced and we took great comfort in the knowledge that all of the money that we spent here went directly into the lion breeding program.
The feeling of being in the middle of a lake, on the back of a very heavy elephant is something that you just can't imagine until you have experienced it. The elephants seem to enjoy the experience just as much as the paying guest. When he decides it is time to go under you just have to hold on.......except there is nothing to hold on to...other than the guide!
Another exciting and fun activity at Antelope game park is the elephant swim. You climb the steps to a platform and easily climb on board your elephant before it trudges down to the lake for a well earned swim.
At Antelope Park, where else could you take lions for a walk every day to exercise them and to familiarise them with a game reserve environment? On these walks, the lions are 'free roaming' - no leashes - they romp, they play and they stalk each other as they learn their lifes skills to survive once they are released into the wild.
COST.....The best US$25.00 I have ever spent!
The walks take on average about an hour-and-a-half. Walking the lions is a big tourist attraction and the lions can be accompanied by no more than 10 tourists at a time on any walk.
Because the lions are eventually released back into the wild, some information about them is needed in order to establish which are the dominant lions, the more submissive lions, which ones socialise together or form groups, and which of them are beginning to exhibit signs of basic instincts and ability to explore the wild on their own etc. This helps the Park management in their decision-making regarding the release of the lions.
Before you're allowed to go out with the lions, you'll be briefed on what to do and, more importantly, what not to do. The entire project will also be a learning process for you and you'll find it fascinating. You are informed how to both react and how not to react with the lions but most importantly....Do not look the lions in the eye, it is seen as a threat.