Glen Afric Nature Reserve

Glen Afric Nature Reserve

Classified as one of the BAD facilities according to Volunteers in Africa Beware, so rather stay away!
The Glen Afric Nature Reserve is situated only 20 minutes from Pretoria and 40 minutes from Johannesburg. Nestled in the north-eastern corner of the Cradle of Human Kind and the Magaliesberg Biosphere, Glen Afric is surrounded by ancient heritage. Sadly, they offer cub petting (when the cubs are small) and walks with lions. In the past they “rented” two white lion cubs, and obviously returned them to the breeder and the whereabouts of those two lions is unknown. One of the older males lions also “disappeared” from Glen Afric and the owners refuse to disclose his present location. Evidence of tiger cubs abuse at the beginning of 2016. Training and using animals for many movies and commercials. They are known as Living With Big Cats as a volunteer project.

Glen Afric Lodge walk with Lions

Their offer to all visitors
Open to both day visitors and resident guests, people can go wild by doing bush game drives. However, evidentially elephant interaction and walks with elephants are also on offer. They are home to the Wild at Heart television series and guests can view the homestead, where the filming took place. Regarding their website, Lion cub walks are available when they have cubs.

Obviously, animals are bred or bought to interact with visitors

Glen Afric Lodge with hands on animalsCub in Glen Afric Nature Reserve

Fat Elephant

Glen Afric Nature Reserve’s CLASSIFICATION

Glen Afric claims to be a nature reserve but is a hoax being nothing more than a facility to train animals for movies and to entertain visitors. They keep their animals in far too small cages for hours on end, while the workers clean their enclosures.

Visitors Quotes:
Exhibit A:

they were obviously tamed and used to visitors twice a day.

Exhibit B:

how they can advertise the following as a “game drive”, we do not know! We set off in a landrover and must have looked like idiots with our binoculars strapped round our necks! The “game drive” consisted of a 10 minute drive to the other side of the lodge and there the lions were in trailers reminiscent of circus trailers, where they could not move.

Exhibit C:

The spotted hyena was in its cage as were more lions, almost piled on top of each other while volunteers were cleaning out that enclosure too. When they knew they had guests arriving for an 11am “game drive”?!


Official Website Glen Afric Nature Reserve’s

Dogs and Leopard at Glen Afric Nature Reserve

Glen Afric Nature Reserve, 144 R512 Broederstroom, Hartbeespoort, South Africa


Glen Africa Nature Reserve offering volunteering optionsSummary:

Stay away from such facilities that offer hands-on activities no matter if you volunteer or stay at their lodge. Visitors are complaining that animals are kept in small cages with no room to move. Hands-on activities are offered with all kind of animals, Lions, Tigers, Elephants, Cheetahs, Hyenas and more.

Glen Afric's official website
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