Field guides on a game drive Tuesday evening reported that they'd discovered human remains as well as other items "in the immediate vicinity of the lions".
When he arrive on the scene, Fox said they discovered the high powered rifle, gloves, wire cutters and the remains of a back pack with food and water.
Park staff sent up a helicopter to look for more possible poachers.
One head and a number of bloodied body parts and limbs have been recovered from the area, along with three pairs of empty shoes.
'But the lions are our watchers and guardians and they picked the wrong pride and became a meal.
At least three men made their way onto the Sibuya Game Reserve in the early hours of the morning on Monday.
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"While we are saddened at any loss of life the poachers came here to kill our animals and this sends out a very clear message to any other poachers that you will not always be the victor".
The 30 square mile park is home to all of Africa's "Big Five" - rhinos, lions, elephants, buffalos, and leopards.
"I think we had a stroke of luck here that the lions got to them before they got to the rhinos".
Nick Fox, the park's owner, said the lions were shot with tranquilizer darts at first light so police forensic teams and the anti-poaching unit could comb the area for clues, and admitted it was not clear how many poachers may have been killed. "We lost three rhinos in March 2016". "They use the rifle to shoot the animal and the axe to remove the horn".
The Eastern Cape are is a "hotbed for rhino poaching", The South African reports, with nine rhinos having already fallen victim to poachers this year.
A rifle and an ax were also found at the lion camp.
"We do not know identities but firearms have been taken by the police and will be sent to the ballistics laboratory to see if they have been used in poaching before", said police spokeswoman Capt. Mali Govender.