Game Park Worker Fatally Attacked by Lions in South Africa’s Dinokeng Reserve

Game Park Worker Fatally Attacked by Lions in South Africa’s Dinokeng Reserve


In a tragic incident at the Dinokeng Game Reserve in Gauteng, South Africa, a 30-year-old game park employee named Johannes Matshe was mauled to death by lions during a night-time stroll.

The gruesome incident took place on Sunday night, and the victim’s remains were discovered the following morning by another employee.

Fatal Nighttime Encounter

Johannes Matshe, an employee of Dinokeng Game Reserve, met a horrifying fate while walking through the reserve after dark.

The young man was attacked and torn apart by a lion during the ill-advised nighttime stroll.

The savage attack left him brutally injured, and stomach-churning images of the scene depict the extent of the injuries he suffered.


Strict Safety Rules Ignored

Reserve spokesperson Hartogh Streicher expressed condolences to Matshe’s family while emphasizing the importance of adhering to safety rules within the reserve.

Streicher stated that wandering the reserve after sunset is strictly prohibited due to the nocturnal behavior of lions, who might perceive humans as prey.

He highlighted the natural instincts of lions and the dangers posed by such encounters.

Search for Expert Advice

Following the tragic incident, the reserve has sought expert advice on how to handle the lion responsible for the attack.

The fate of the lion in question has not been determined, and the reserve is committed to making responsible decisions that ensure the safety of all parties involved.


Preventing Future Tragedies

Streicher concluded his statement with a heartfelt plea to landowners, urging them to remain vigilant about the safety of their gamekeepers and visitors.

He emphasized the importance of reporting any breaches of safety rules to prevent such harrowing incidents from recurring.

Investigation Underway

Hammanskraal state police, led by Colonel Dimakatso Nevhuhulwi, have taken charge of the investigation into the circumstances that led to Matshe’s fatal encounter with the lions.

Authorities are working to understand how and why Matshe entered the reserve alone at night.

Not the First Tragedy

This is not the first time that Dinokeng Game Reserve has witnessed such a horrifying incident.


In 2018, a 22-year-old woman suffered a similar fate when she was attacked and killed by a lion.

The reserve management clarified that this attack occurred within a restricted conservation zone, inaccessible to the general public, and involved a lion not part of the reserve’s population of wild, free-roaming lions.

Dinokeng Game Reserve: A Brief Overview

Situated in the northeastern region of Gauteng, Dinokeng reserve spans an expansive 19,000 hectares of land.

It holds the distinction of being the sole Big Five game reserve in the province, boasting a diverse array of wildlife including the African elephant, Cape buffalo, African lion, leopard, and rhinoceros – animals often considered the most dangerous to pursue in hunting terminology.

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