Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre DeWildt Sanctuary Tour
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.
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.
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
- Riverine Rabbit
- Brown hyena
- Suni Antelope
This is an educational adventure of wildlife preservation. Guests will encounter the endangered species at the Hartbeespoort centre at close quarters.
EKALA ECO TOURS OFFER THE CHEETAH SANCTUARY AS PART OF A FULL DAY TOUR.
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 Elephant 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 Cable way, Hartbeespoort:
- Spectacular panoramic views of Hartbeespoort dam, Magaliesberg and surrounding area from the aerial cable way and view points 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.
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/Dewildt 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.
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.
Riverine Rabbit: this Dewildt centre is a breeding nucleus of this highly endangered species, which are released into their natural habitat.
Suni Antelope: breeding nucleus of this species, which are released into the Kruger National Park. Brown hyena, duiker and vultures: The De Wildt Cheetah Centre has also been at the forefront of breeding of these species with significant numbers being reintroduced into their natural habitat. This level of captive breeding success and the numbers of wild releases is unparalleled in any kind of endangered breeding program anywhere in the world.
A captive breeding program for endangered species.
Cheetah Fact Sheet
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) Shoulder height: 85cm Weight: 43kg-54kg – 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.
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