Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre DeWildt Sanctuary Tour

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre Sanctuary wild dogs

Ann van Dyk – Dewildt Cheetah Centre and Sanctuary Hartbeespoort Tour

DeWildt Hartbeespoort including King Cheetah and Endangered African wild (Painted) dog.

Private collection and drop off – supplied as a fully guided professional tour covering en-route as may be possible from collection to drop off. Not simply a point to point transfer with a driver.

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre Sanctuary wild dogs and cheetah’s
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre Sanctuary cheetah

This is a guided tour in an open safari vehicle with experienced and qualified sanctuary site guides. By visiting the cheetah centre you will gain an understanding of the powerful abilities of the cheetah, their habits, nature as well as their struggle for survival in the wild. View the king cheetah, with its characteristic striped back, one of the rarest animals on earth.

Also on the Cheetah tour you will encounter, close up, the African Painted Dog (African wild dog). The most endangered mammal in the world with no more than 4000 wild dogs in all of Africa. African Painted Dog is the most fearsome and effective hunter. A pack animal, killing almost daily. African Painted Dog colouring is as unique as human’s finger prints.

The Cheetah run is not always available, as such is not included in price unless stated on your booking.

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre Sanctuary cheetah

Cheetah’s struggle for survival in the wild Tour

Tour will focus on the Cheetah – but can also include:

  • Rare King Cheetah
  • African wild dog
  • Brown hyena
  • Duiker
  • Vultures

This is an educational adventure of wildlife preservation. Guests will encounter the endangered species at the Hartbeespoort centre at close quarters.


With the distance to be covered to the Sanctuary, best to do the Cheetah Sanctuary as part of a full day tour, including other local items, wildlife or historical to create a full day tour.

To be able to structure a tour around your requirements and time available – we need to be supplied with clear timing’s and collection and drop off address – hotel name. If one of the points is the airport – I need full flight details. Once I have these it will be possible to quote/advise and structure a day or multi day package around your requirements/timing.

However if your time is short – we can supply the Cheetah Sanctuary only – however the distance then to be covered for this only makes the sanctuary expensive.

Perfect tour options to include with the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Sanctuary to create a full day tour:

  • Elephant Sanctuary
  • Monkey Sanctuary
  • Cradle of Humankind – Sterkfontein Cave and Maropeng.
  • Pilanesberg Game Park – if an overnight option. Then the Cheetah sanctuary is supplied either en-route to or from the Pilanesberg.
  • Aerial Cableway, Hartbeespoort:
    • Spectacular panoramic views of Hartbeespoort dam, Magaliesberg and surrounding area from the aerial cableway and viewpoints and walkway on top.
    • Hartbeespoort dam: Surrounded by the majestic Magaliesberg mountain range – with its scenic 56 kilometers of shoreline and Art and Craft markets.
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre Sanctuary cheetah on early morning run

Exclusive Cheetah Tour

Ultimate encounter with Cheetahs.

This tour is more costly than the standard tour at the sanctuary. However far superior. Specifically if your interest is a great close up encounter and the best photos. An amazing experience.


You also receive a signed copy of the “Cheetahs of De Wildt” written by founder Ann van Dyk. This is specifically significant as Ann has completely retired and thus not involved with the Sanctuary and its day to day management.

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre Sanctuary

Located at Dewildt in the foothills of the Magaliesberg on a 54 hectare former farm, was officially opened on the 16th April 1971. At this time there were approximately 700 cheetahs in South Africa and there had been little or no success with breeding cheetahs in captivity where limited research had been conducted on engendered species.

Ann van Dyk/De Wildt Cheetah Centre/Sanctuary primary aim was to create a captive breeding program for endangered species.

The Cheetah centre is a privately owned, non-governmental organization. In 1986, the cheetah was removed from the South African Red Data Book for endangered species. This was largely due to the success of this breading program with 600 cubs being born since the centre’s inception.

Ann van Dyk is now not directly involved with the sanctuary, however the focus on conservation continues. Today, the efforts of the program remain focused on conservation and conflict resolution between free roaming cheetah’s preying on livestock on privately owned farms.

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre Sanctuary cheetah’s

Unparalleled endangered breeding program anywhere in the world.

Breeding Program Hartbeespoort

Apart from the significant breeding achievements with the cheetah, several other programs have been highly successful at the centre:

The rare king cheetah: This was the first captive breed genetically identical cheetah with a special coat and pattern variation.

African wild dog: successful breeding and natural habitat release of Southern Africa’s most endangered carnivore – Wild Dog.

A captive breeding program for endangered species.

Cheetah Fact Sheet

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) Shoulder height: 85cm Weight: 43 kg-54 kg – Speed: 80-120km/h Colouring: Sandy yellow coat with solid black spots. Habitat: open landscapes from dry savannas to desert regions Conservation status: cheetahs are listed as vulnerable to extinction with a decreasing wild population size.

One Cheetah stride covers up to 9 metres. Less than 10 000 cheetahs exist today.

Cheetah – Majestic and graceful Cheetah – been immortalized for over 6000 years by priests, kings and emperors.

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre Sanctuary - cheetah feeding during Ekala’s Tour
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Ann van Dyk life story, Cheetah Sanctuary
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Ekala Family & Guides

Ekala Family & Guides

We pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of South Africa’s history, culture and wildlife.

With our vast experience and expertise, we will, above all, ensure you leave full of memories.

Ekala will additionally endeavor to personalise your tour according to individual time as well as requirements.

Furthermore Ekala personally conducts and organise all our tours and safaris as highly experience and professional guides.

Consequently you get an enhanced understanding of South Africa’s wildlife, history and diverse cultures.

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre Sanctuary Wild Dogs


No prices on our website due to the unique, individual and specialised requirements for each tour we supply.

Ekala structure our tours/safari's around our client’s individual requirements.

If time is limited:

We indeed structure the tour from arrival to departure – including airport collection and drop off.

Accordingly using all time available as a fully guided professional tour.

In contrast, not simply a point to point mixed group drive around.

As a result, tour quote based on your specific requirements.

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre Sanctuary cheetah’s

Enjoying and respecting South Africa’s national assets – wildlife, environment and the people.

An Historical/Cultural tour and Safari to remember for the right reason

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre Sanctuary cheetah close up