Hodge, who founded the sanctuary with his wife Chrissy and stepdaughter Emma in 2010, was reportedly investigating a odd smell that had been upsetting the lion.
Hodge ran for the gate, but the lion grabbed him by his neck and dragged him several feet.
Hodge entered the lion compound to investigate the culprit of a foul smell causing discomfort to one of the lions, according to a friend of the wildlife park owner.
Onlookers scream as he is dragged back by the beast.
A few years later they relocated to the town in the Limpopo province and founded the Marakele Predator Park.
Witnesses watch in horror as the animal pursues him towards the metal door to the pen - at the park nine kilometers from Thabazimbi.
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As the animal pulls the man further into the bushes, gunshots rang out, which caused the lion to flee.
'He is no fool around lions and knows how to interact with them but clearly something went wrong'.
He and wife Chrissy moved to South Africa to open the sanctuary in 2003. Unfortunately, as he wasn't fast enough, the lion caught hold of him and dragged him away.
The incident led to Hodge sustaining neck and jaw injuries, with since released photos showing the man in a "cheery" mood as he continued to recover at nearby Mediclinic Hospital reported News24.
A woman is heard howling in horror at what she has just witnessed while another man is heard shouting "get a rifle". So basically because of this mans stupidity, this wonderful animal has been killed!'
Mr Hodge was rescued after a gun was sacked, causing the lion to drop him and run away.
The big cat is thought to have since been put down.