Rhino and Lion Game Reserve
Wonder Cave tours
The Wonder Cave, located within the Rhino and Lion Game Reserve in the Kromdraai Conservancy. While within the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.
Wonder Cave located amongst famous palaeontological sites containing some of the richest hominid fossil sites in the world.
Wonder Cave is a good inclusion with Ekala’s Cradle of Humankind tour.
The Wonder Cave is a naturally formed, millions of years old limestone cave. Thus filled with amazing stalactites and stalagmites formations.
Single cave chamber of the Wonder Cave is third largest in South Africa. While approximately 120m long and 55m wide (45 000 m) and around 2.2 million years old.
Entering the Wonder cave first by 88 steps then an elevator takes you 40m into the cave.
Temperature inside the Wonder cave around a constant 16˚C, with a natural fresh breeze though the cave.
The height of the Wonder cave is over 55m, with Illuminated pathways. Thus no crawling or squeezing through small tunnels or problems with Claustrophobia.
Then with subtle lights lighting the stalactites and stalagmites and other naturally shaped limestone sculptures.
Rhino & Lion Nature Game Reserve as a wildlife/safari experience:
Ekala Tours does not include Rhino & Lion Nature Game Reserve in any of the tours or Safaris we supply due to conservation issues we find unacceptable.
Wildlife experience, as compared to the Kruger or Pilanesberg:
A true wild life experience is seeing Lions (and other wildlife) in a natural game park, as Pilanesberg or Kruger national game parks.
Thus lions in the natural bush where they belong.
Consequently the Rhino & Lion Nature Game Reserve/Park, as with the Lion Park, cannot compare with experiencing wildlife in the Pilanesberg or Kruger National Park.
See panel on this page regarding commercially run parks.
Then if your time is short, Pilanesberg Game Park can be covered as a day safari.
Ekala’s visit to the Rhino & Lion Nature Game Park is exclusively for the Wonder Cave.
Ekala’s Safaris are non-invasive. Thus no wildlife interactions
Focusing on the national game reserves – accordingly naturally wild.
Promote conservation and education.
As Kruger and Pilanesberg National Game reserves.
Thus an experience that will be remembered for the right reason
We therefore do not support private – commercially based “parks”
Thus a visit to the Wonder Cave only.
Ekala’s safari vehicles
Vehicles provide advantageous views of scenery and additionally are all air-conditioned.
Private ‘small group’ safaris are thus enjoyed in all-weather 4×4 vehicles.
Furthermore our vehicles provide a more intimate and exclusive safari experience.
Ekala’s vehicles are thus easily maneuvered for outstanding wildlife photography opportunities.
Moreover individual wildlife interests can be met within small private tour groups.
Accordingly our vehicles are comfortable, practical and suitable for South Africa’s variation in weather and seasons.
Responsible and ethical tourism/consumerism.
Enjoying and respecting South Africa’s national assets – wildlife, environment and the people.
A Wonder Cave tour to remember for the right reason
Different tour/safari options available - historical/cultural/wildlife - structured around your requirements and timing to create a multi day local tour package:
- General local Johannesburg/Pretoria tours and safaris Pilanesberg and Kruger
- Mine Tours - gold and diamonds - surface and underground.
- Cullinan Diamond Mine Surface Motorised Tour - Shafts, Kimberlite dumps, slimes dam, big hole to new operations.
- Mine Historical Tour - Cullinan Diamond village to early operations including the black worker compound.
- Cullinan Diamond Mine Underground tour - only opportunity for an underground tour in a working mine - underground with the working shift.
- Gold Mine tours - Johannesburg gold history - over 130 years of Johannesburg as one of the biggest gold producers in the world.
- Ann van Dyk - De Wildt Cheetah Sanctuary - cheetah and wild dog experience.
- Elephant Sanctuary - an interaction tour that is compatible with wildlife conservation.
- Monkey Sanctuary - Experiencing primates in a natural environment - NO interactions with these primates.
- Ekala Eco Bird tours - South Africa – one of the most desirable birding areas in the World.
- Soweto Township Cultural tour - Ekala does not invade people's privacy.
- Alexandra Township tour - part walking tour and part tour in an Alexandra Taxi.
- Lesedi cultural village - Living African Culture - Colourful Culture Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Sotho and Ndebele.
- Soweto Historical tour - early 1900's establishment, through the Apartheid struggle with the major events that played an important part of our history - not only for Soweto but South Africa as a whole.
- Johannesburg Historical tour - from farm land to the world's biggest gold producer to the backbone of South Africa.
- Freedom Route - South Africa’s Journey to Freedom tour including the life of Nelson Mandela and the struggle against Apartheid.
- Gandhi Tour - Mahatma Gandhi’s Johannesburg heritage tour.
- Liliesleaf historical site including Umkhonto we Sizwe and the Rivonia Trial. Nelson Mandela and others involved in the Rivonia trial and general opposition to Apartheid.
- Pretoria - Historical tour - Colonialism - Boer/British to democracy tour.
- Battlefield tours - South Africa Battlefield Route Tour – Anglo/Boer and Anglo/Zulu and Voortrekker/Zulu
- Pilanesberg Safari - full day private safari or overnight/multi day safari
- Kruger Safari - private safaris with the greater Kruger National Game park.
Other Professional tours:
- Constitution Hill including Constitutional Court - Old Fort to Prisons and the Constitutional Court Complex.
- Paleontology tour - Cradle of Humankind including both Maropeng and Sterkfontein Cave with current finds and activities.
- Panorama route tour - en-route to or from the Kruger.
Ekala Family & Guides
Ekala family & tour guides
We pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of South Africa’s history, culture and wildlife.
Thus we focus were our experience and expertise lies – in South Africa only.
Highly Experienced Guides
Thus with our vast experience and expertise, we will bring the historical and cultural tours to life.
Additionally sharing our love and knowledge of South Africa’s wildlife and national game parks.
Accordingly you leave full of the best memories.
Ekala will accordingly personalise your Wonder Cave tour package according to individual requirements/interests as well as available time .
Thus a personal touch
Furthermore Ekala personally conducts and organises all our tours and safaris.
As highly experience and professional guides.
Hence the best South African experience
Consequently you get an enhanced understanding of South Africa’s wildlife, history and diverse cultures.
Commercial Game Parks – Captive wildlife industry. As Lion and Safari Park + Rhino and Lion Reserve
Most tourists who visit a captive wildlife facility, are accordingly unaware of the negative impact of these Commercial run “parks”
As a result of conservation issues that Ekala Eco Tours finds unacceptable – we at Ekala do not support these types of commercially structured “Game Parks”.
Commercial “parks” that breed lions (alternatively simply have lions) for financial gain – must, in Ekala’s opinion, be avoided. Thus even if you are supplied the tour for free.
Consequently private “parks” are never the best options. Specifically in an artificial environment. Structured as a money-making facility only, thus with little regard for the wildlife and the long-term sustainability. Consequently the entire world is moving away from such facilities.
Natural wildlife options are best, including the Kruger and Pilansberg game reserves that accordingly would leave you with a better experience.
Consequently not leaving you feeling that you would have negatively contributed to conservation in general. Additionally to the ultimate death of the lions encountered.
Lion type safari “parks” are the cheapest option available for any wildlife experience – however at what cost to the lions.
Although a slight difference between the Lion and Safari Park and Rhino and Lion Reserve – in our opinion – both have conservational issues and should be avoided. Thus, currently we (Ekala Eco Tours) are not supplying tours to either.
If a tour to one of the naturally wild locations is done with Ekala – we accordingly highlight the industry of canned hunting and its attachment to these private parks.
Thus the differences between the various “parks” and “sanctuaries” i.e.: Pilanesberg and Kruger National Game Park, will be explained.
Lions are listed as vulnerable to extinction with a decreasing wild population size. Breeding in captivity however does not rectify the problem.
Additionally not a single captive-bred, hand-reared lion (as would thus come from a private “park” type facility) has been successfully released into the wild. There is thus no conservation purpose to breed lions or to keep them in captivity.
Handled lions can’t be introduced into the wild. Other than hunting, there is therefore no sustainable market for lions.
What you may however experience is pleasing to the eye, it is however what goes on behind the scenes that is horrifying. Over 3 lions – PER DAY – are killed in South Africa for the trophy, bones, claws, and teeth market. So all these lions come from private lion “parks”. Thus Ekala refuses to be a part of this industry.
Ekala is not against legal and ethical forms of sustainable hunting and thus recognises the role that hunting plays in many conservation programs. However, the current figure of profits from hunting, for Africa, of the actual value, trickling down to the local community is less than 3%.
Ekala consequently complies 100% with the international efforts to eradicate animal abuse.
And so Ekala’s opinion and avoidance of lion facilities:
1. Any facility that breeds with lions or trades in any way with lions has consequently no conservation value.
2. Any facility using the excuse that their breeding programs are for conservation purposes. However no conservation purpose to breed lions.
3. Any facility breeding of lions in captivity – because when they get to full size there is no market for them other than hunters.
4. Any facility breeding on demand, then removing cubs from mothers prematurely, bottle fed, then “selling” cub interactions.
5. Any facility – that has no interaction in any way – they essentially as a result, still a lion breeding factory.
6. Any facility – selling walking with lion opportunities
Accordingly most of the above applies to captive cheetah facilities, specifically those that make no genuine efforts at reintroduction programs or promote the survival of free-ranging cheetahs. In contrast, these reintroduction programs are possible for the cheetah where it is not possible for lion.
Only one of the many (around 80 in South Africa) cheetah sanctuaries that Ekala is aware of, support breeding programs of the Anatolian shepherd dogs, used by farmers to mitigate the human/wildlife conflict.
Ekala does support the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Sanctuary because it has significant conservation value.