South Africa 2004
Lion and Rhino Park/Kromdraai Wonder Cave
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The Lion & Rhino Park is a game reserve near Johannesburg, and on
our first full day in South Africa, our friend Driess took us there, with
Mara, his wife, and their children Karl and Tanya. We had a great time
spotting rhinos, wildebeest, kudu, hartebeest and zebras. But at the camp,
we also got to get closer to some of the animals. One of the highlights
of the entire trip was getting to pet some roughly six-month-old lions.
This was a great experience, especially coming from the US, where you
have to sign legal disclaimers for any goats-and-sheep petting zoo! For
Julia and Jacob petting the lions was a total thrill, and to have these
impressive cats roll on their backs to have you scratch their bellies
was just too much!
Another impressive attraction of the park is the Wonder Cave, which features
some very impressive rock formations. Jacob got a bit scared when they
turned off the lights some times, but mostly he was very brave.