World Lion Day

Mpongo - Keeping the Lions Roaring


The 10th of August marks World Lion Day, the first global campaign to celebrate the importance of the lion worldwide. With canned hunting a fast-growing business in South Africa, Premier Hotels & Resorts’ Mpongo Private Game Reserve is supporting this campaign against canned hunting not only on the actual day, but all year round by providing a safe haven for lions. 

Mpongo is currently home to six lionesses, two lions as well as five young cubs. ‘’All of our adult lions were rescued from potentially threatening locations and situations, and we are therefore incredibly honoured to play a role in preserving this vulnerable species. The safety of our lions is our number one priority and as a result, we have five lion camps, all of which are electrified as per regulations. The local vet, Luis Amaral, also pays the reserve a visit on a regular basis to ensure that the lions remain in good health,’’ comments Martin Jansen van Rensburg, Hospitality General Manager of Mpongo Private Game Reserve.

“All of the staff members at Mpongo feel so fortunate to be able to provide our lions with a safe environment to roam. In light of World Lion Day, it is crucial that South Africans understand the magnitude of canned hunting. Not only would the extinction of the world’s most iconic species be heart breaking, it would have an enormous impact on African tourism,’’ adds Jansen van Rensburg.

Home to an array of wildlife, from elephant, lions and buffalos, to hippos, giraffes and numerous antelope and bird species, Mpongo Private Game Reserve offers a unique blend of luxury and wildlife experiences on more than 3500 hectares of conservation land. Nestled in the Malaria-free Eastern Cape, the magnificent reserve allows its animals to frolic in between the rolling hills, river valleys and luscious surroundings. This treasure chest of beauty, rugged terrain and untouched land is the perfect safe haven to protect Africa’s beloved lion from the sad reality of canned hunting.

Mpongo Private Game Reserve appeals to all South African’s to support World Lion Day to take a stand against canned hunting by supporting those organisations working to protect the species.

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