About Valley of Ancients

In 2006 a once lost valley was rediscovered, the Valley of Ancients. In this hidden valley of wild animals a primal tribe built The Great Temple of tribute whose ruins today symbolise the place of human sacrifices made to Nyami Nyami (the River God) whose statues still guard the entrance.

The exploitation of the natural resources and inhabitants of this sacred valley commenced in 1835 when crocodile safe cages sunk to the riverbeds to mine diamonds. Legend has it the River God got angry, but history confirms that the place disappeared. Now open for your personal excavation the valley voyage is an interactive encounter with temple ruins and endangered animal ancestors.

Flying Foxes, Duikers, Malawian Chichlids, baby Nile Crocodiles, Red River Hogs, Marabou Storks, Malcolm, Lyons, Cape Vultures, Lorikeets, Flamingos, Hornbills, Pigmy Hippos, Spotted-necked Otters, Wallabies and Madagascan Lemurs are exhibited. A highlight includes the Jumping Jaws demonstration where full grown crocodiles leap from the water for their hand fed lunch.

A childrens water and play park, wild themed restaurants and retail outlets thrill the valley and leave the River God to rest. The aviaries, animal walkabouts, cliffs, islands, gorges, swinging bridges, underwater tanks and tropical houses make for a full days family education and entertainment.

Need to Know

WhereCango Wildlife Ranch, R62 en route Cango Caves, 3km outside Outshoorn.

WhenDaily from 08h00 to 17h00 (last tour 16h30). We are open every day including Christmas and New Years Day.

How muchPrices on request.

Telephone+27 (0)44 272-5593

OvernightThe closest town is Oudtshoorn, in Western Cape


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