De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Trust, North West Province

/ A captive breeding facility for cheetahs and other endangered animals, the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre lies in the foothills of the Magaliesberg, close to Brits and Hartbeespoort Dam.
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De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Trust, North West Province

De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Trust
De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Trust

A captive breeding facility for cheetahs and other endangered animals, the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre lies in the foothills of the Magaliesberg, close to Brits and Hartbeespoort Dam.

The privately owned and funded non-profit organisation was established in 1971 by Ann van Dyk on her 65 hectare farm in an effort to breed what was once a threatened species, the cheetah - the population of which was estimated at a mere 700 at around this time. Since its inception, some 500 cheetahs have been raised and re-settled in game reserves throughout South Africa and other countries, proof that a cheetah bred in captivity doesn’t lose its hunting instinct and can adapt quickly to its natural environment.

The centre’s efforts have resulted in the birth of close to 600 cheetah cubs, and since then other rare and endangered animal species have been included in their efforts, such as the wild dog, brown hyaena, serval, suni antelope, blue and red duiker, riverine rabbit and vultures.

De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Trust
De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Trust
De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre has received international recognition for bringing the cheetah back from the edge of extinction and it was largely due to their efforts that the cheetah was removed from the endangered species list in 1986. The centre is also the first to breed the rare king cheetah - originally thought to be a separate species although in reality it is genetically identical to the true cheetah. It has also bred and released captive-born wild dogs back into the wild. Ann van Dyk received a gold medal award form the South African Nature Foundation for her contribution in 1988.

De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Trust

Accommodation nearby

For accommodation near De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Trust, see these towns in close proximity:
Brits accommodationKosmos accommodationSchoemansville accommodation
Hartbeespoort accommodationIfafi accommodationMeerhof accommodation

Or to see all towns bordering the resort at once, visit Hartbeespoort Dam accommodation.

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Lesedi Cultural Village

Lesedi, which is seSotho for ‘light’, was initiated in 1995 as a tourist attraction and today features five traditional dwellings, each representing a South African culture: Pedi, Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Ndebele. Each of these families lives here permanently, looking after cows, chickens and tourists ... more information

Hot Air Ballooning in Hartbeespoort

Where: Hartbeespoort Dam
How much (per person): On Request

On a typical Balloon Safari you will be collected from your hotel and transported by a comfortable mini-bus, or you will be met at the Skeer ... more information

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South Africa is one of the most diverse and enchanting countries in the world. With eight world heritage sites, a multitude of game reserves and national parks, over 1350 ha of national botanical gardens, and exotic combinations of landscapes, people, history and culture, South Africa offers the traveller a unique and inspiring experience. Enjoy your visit to the De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Trust!
The De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre, a captive breeding facility for cheetahs and other endangered animals
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