Over the past two years, Sylvester the lion made headlines for his escapes and notorious evasion of rangers.
The young male lion had escaped twice, once evading his captors for three weeks.
It was finally in 2016, after his last escape, that Sylvester was transferred from the Karoo National Park to the Addo National Park to allow for less territorial competition - which was cited as the reason the big cat kept escaping.
The decision by SANParks was hailed after it emerged that one of the options to deal with the wandering lion could have been euthanasia.
However he was soon taken to his new home. In order to bond with other young lions, Sylvester was kept in an enclosed 200 hectare area with his new pride mates.
But his time for freedom has come, with him and another young male lion being released into the larger area into the park last week, R News reported.
The new area is around 15 000 hectares - giving Sylvester and his companions a much larger space to roam.
Two females, who were released on Friday, are also part of the lion pride.
"Now that it appears he finally has a place where he belongs, without threat, and the fact that he has bonded so closely with the younger male, we are confident that Sylvester will have no need to ever stray again. His satellite tracking collar location is monitored regularly and easily provides us with an accurate assessment of where the two are," Conservation Manager John Adendorff said according to R News.