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Located about 25 miles from downtown Johannesburg is the Lion and Rhino Nature Reserve, a 3,000 acre privately owned game park. (Click their logo to visit their web site.)

Rhino and Lion ParkThe reserve was founded in 1985 by Ed Hern, a local stockbroker, with the aim of preserving this beautiful area for private leisure. Prior to this the farm was utilized as a dairy and agricultural produce farm. From a modest beginning of two white rhinos, “Ouvrou” and “Bulle”, imported from a zoo in Germany, and some antelope species, the reserve now boasts 600 head of game representing 25 different species.

We stayed in what is called “Chalet”. The chalets are comfortable, though have no electricity. The stove and the refrigerator run on propane and there are solar panels which heat the water for the sinks and showers. They also recharge batteries which provide lighting, though obviously not infinite. They are very comfortable, decorated in what visitors would consider typical-African style and one quickly settles into a life of leisure without radio, television and cell phones.

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There were indeed a wide variety of animals, caged, but in very natural environments. As this page is already graphics-intense and may be slow to load, I’ll start a new page featuring the park’s animals.

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