is a big cat sanctuary established by FOUR PAWS, an animal welfare organization dedicated to rescuing animals held in captivity. 

our lodge remains closed 

Due to the circumstances relating to the ongoing pandemic, our lodge remains closed for overnight guests and will not reopen before January 2021.
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Read the story of how LIONSROCK became a place of refuge for rescued big cats.

our story

Our rescued big cats

More than one hundred big cats have been rescued by FOUR PAWS from all over the world. Learn more about where they came from, how they were...


Sanctuary Tour 

This will give you a closer view of our rescued big cats with a species-appropriate forever home. While visitors are enjoying your tour, you will learn many interesting facts about animal welfare and environmental protection from our guides, as well as more about the background of the rescued big cats.

Exclusive Tour  

A guided tour to gain a greater insight into the daily work of the animal caretaker team and for a look behind the scenes, LIONSROCK offers exclusive guided tours, joined by a member of our senior staff, by special request.  

By Air

Many European airports - such as London or Frankfurt - offer direct flights to Johannesburg. From there it is only a three hour drive to LIONSROCK.

By Car

LIONSROCK is situated 18km outside of Bethlehem, of which 13km is a gravel road. From the R714 , we recommend taking the S175 instead of the S206 for a shorter gravel road. Follow our signs until you reach our gates.

By Transfer

We can organise your transfer from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

  • > 100

    Big cats rescued and found a home

  • 12kmĀ²

    Freedom for mistreated big cats

  • Various game

    Duiker, eland, impala, letchwe, mountain reedbuck, reedbuck, springbuck.

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