Lion and Safari Park
The Lion & Safari Park is situated 26 km away from Velmoré Hotel & Spa. It is home to more than 80 lions including the rare African white lion. Other residents of the park include side-striped and black-backed jackals, cheetahs, striped and spotted hyenas, brown hyenas, wild dog, giraffe, blesbok, gemsbok, water-buck, black wildebeest, zebra, springbok and impala.
The park also has a feeding area where visitors can feed some of the giraffes and also play with lion cubs. Visitors are also allowed to take pictures with the cubs and participate in ‘Cheetah Walks’, night drives, self-game drives and guided safaris.
The park is open every day including holidays.
Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park
This Park is located close to the Cradle of Humankind and Lanseria Airport and is 24 km away from the hotel. Visitors are allowed to hold selected snakes and baby crocodiles. The park also does guided tours and is open every day including public holidays.
Rhino and Lion Reserve
The Rhino & Lion Reserve is situated 44km away from Velmoré Hotel & Spa. It is home to more than 30 species of wildlife including 3 of the big 5 – white rhino, buffalo and lion. Other wildlife found on the reserve include: hippo, crocodile, cheetah and more than 20 species of antelope. The reserve is also home to the rare cape vulture.
An hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Sterkfontein Caves are world famous for their fossil finds and a well-known visitor destination. After an extensive face-lift in 2005, the Sterkfontein Caves site is home to a top restaurant, conferencing facilities, easy access to the caves themselves, modern walkways and a boardwalk past the excavation site where world-acclaimed fossils have been discovered.