South Africa holidays
Nestled in the foothills of the Magaliesberg in North West Province, the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Research Centre is situated an hour from Johannesburg and 45 minutes from Pretoria. Ann Van Dyk and her brother Godfrey established the De Wildt Cheetah Centre in 1971, with the aim of breeding this endangered species. Since then over 750 cheetah cubs have been born at De Wildt – a dramatic contrast to the days when the cheetah population of South Africa was estimated at a mere 700. While the cheetah project was the base from which the centre launched its conservation ethic, it soon grew to include other rare and endangered animals such as wild dogs, brown hyenas, servals, suni antelope, blue and red duikers, bontebok, riverine rabbits and vultures, including the very rare Egyptian vulture. Many of these have been successfully bred for later reintroduction into the wild, thus helping to repopulate areas where such species had disappeared or are no longer abundant. On your tour of the facility, see these endangered animals at close quarters and also learn about their successful reintroduction to various reserves in southern Africa. This excursion can also be taken from Johannesburg.