If you’re visiting Johannesburg and are short on time for a full safari in Kruger, the 1600ha Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve is just the ticket. After some great game viewing, we popped into the Animal Crèche, a must see.
We spotted these two cuties roughhousing like any ordinary siblings – a jaguar (native to Central and South America) and a white lion cub.
The light colouring of white lions is not albinism, but the result of a recessive gene, similar to the gene causing red hair in humans.
First spotted in South Africa in 1928, firm proof of the existence of white lions was only obtained in 1975, when a litter with two white cubs was observed at the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. It’s believed that all white lions can trace their lineage back to Timbavati, which shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park.
But back to The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve – it’s located in the Cradle of Humankind, one of South Africa’s eight World Heritage sites, about 40km north-west of Jo’burg and 60km east of Pretoria. Accommodation is available, along with day and night game drives and horse trails across farmlands in the Kromdraai Conservancy.
A separate entity but also situated here is The Wonder Cave. Absolutely amazing, this is SA’s third largest cave chamber and is 5-10 million years old. You can even abseil into it if you like… we took the lift.