the south african lion & rhino park!
this place was a highlight from both of my visits to south africa
this year and last year. it is basically every animal lover’s dream!
this park feels like you’re in the wild – but it’s only 20
minutes from where my parents live in johannesburg.
the biggest highlight here is petting & playing with baby lions,
but you also get to drive around on your own and see the gorgeous
white lions, cheetah, and so many other animals.. like a mini safari!
we headed to see the little guys at the animal creche first.
beware, an overload of cuteness is below! (the cubs, not us ;)
^^ look at chase’s smile haha, dream come true!
they were a little bit feisty at first… took some warming up to us!
how perfect can they be ??? ^^
haha look at that face! !such attitude from this little one ^^
eventually they got thirsty and headed over to the water.
family photo … considered making this our christmas
card this year and pretending these were our little pets!
becoming besties ^^
lion cub selfie!
next we went to say hi to the baby leopards! they
were still too tiny to be handled but so so cute & feisty.
annabelle the cheetah was our next stop.
we looked over and she was casually on top of
the tent in her cage. it made us laugh so hard!
we went into the cheetah cage next, and at first it
was running all around and jumping on things. instead
of being scared, my mom was following it and trying
to pet and walk with it! ha – she’s fearless, that one.
you can tell how i felt about petting a cheetah up close!
my favorite part:: the white lions!
you can pull up right next to them.
(don’t worry, we kept windows closed)
look at this guy just relaxing ^^ amazing!
oh, he wakes!
taking in his surroundings ^^
i wish this photo showed it, but the breeze picked up &
his mane was flowing all majestically. it really was amazing!
the teenagers woke up too ^^
but then they went back to their snoozing
and we (very reluctantly) left them.
we ended our visit at the “neck deck” to feed
and pet giraffes. could this day get better?
this is just another example of why south africa is
so incredible. you get so up close with nature.
we love you, baby lions!
we love you, south africa!