Have you ever heard the deep, resonant rumble of a cheetah or listened to the eerie wails of a pack of wild dogs? If not, you’ve obviously never been to the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre in De Wildt. This is nothing like a normal safari - here, you will come close enough to count the cheetah’s spots.
An open safari vehicle rumbles past Brown hyena, Wild dog and Cheetah camps. Any crazy thoughts of hopping down to pet the wild dogs are soon abandoned as you witness the voracious feeders devouring their meal in seconds. In the Cheetah Camp you’ll see the cats idle their time away beneath the shady spread of massive Acacias. You’ll also visit the Vulture Unit - home to the rare Egyptian, Cape Griffon, Lappet-faced and White-backed vultures.
It’s been more than three decades since Ann, a pioneering lady from De Wildt, cemented her place in world history with the first ever captive birth of a litter of cheetah cubs. Since then the centre has bred more than 800 cheetahs. The Wild dog breeding initiative has also been successful, with over 500 pups born.
The Centre is ensuring the future survival of threatened species through a holistic conservation approach aimed at sharing the Centre’s work with visitors.
The Centre is ensuring the future survival of threatened species through a holistic conservation approach aimed at sharing the Centre’s work with visitors. Out of town visitors have the option of booking in at the luxurious De Wildt Cheetah Lodge.