Compared to South Africa's big game reserves this "adventure" may seem somewhat anticlimactic at first glance, but let us explain. Half an hour from Cape Town in the Cape Winelands is the Drakenstein Lion Park, a preserved and enriched area where lions are adopted from captivity or other poor circumstances and allowed to flourish in a natural environment. This isn't a safari, true, so you won't be chasing wild animals in a jeep, but it's no tourist street-side attraction either. Instead of screaming kids and exploitative "exhibits" you'll find large open areas, dignified animals and a trained staff whose sole concern is the rehabilitation of these extraodinary creatures. If you want to take your immersion to the next level, there are overnight campsites available as well.
All in all, is it safe to say that Drakenstein Park is more educational than adrenaline-inducing? We suppose. But given an up close and personal look at what goes into truly repairing the damage we humans often inflict on wildlife in the name of entertainment, maybe that's not such a bad thing.