The centre was established by Ann van Dyk in 1971 with the aim of breeding endangered species. The centre first achieved international recognition for bringing the Cheetah back from the brink of extinction and by largely being responsible for removing it from the endangered species list of South African Red Data Book for Terrestrial Mammals in 1986.
Its success can be seen from the fact that, since its inception, over 600 cheetah cubs have been born at the centre, which is a dramatic increase from the period when the total cheetah population of South Africa was estimated at only 700. De Wildt is close to the famous Haartebeespoort dam, a popular destination for day-excursions from Pretoria to Johannesburg.
This tour takes the famous and exciting Panorama Route. Using this route, tourists will have a luxury of indulging in the following sight-seeing experience: Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, God’s Window as well as the Lisbon or Berlin Waterfalls. Stops at various African markets can be arranged if required.
The Kruger National Park today not only protects the wildlife but also the cultural history of the area through museums and the preservation of historical sites. Here you can enjoy a walk through a guided safari, an open vehicle game drive, a visit to cultural sites or enjoy a wellness spa treatment at a private lodge.
Pilanesberg game reserve is situated in North West, five kilometres from Sun City. The game reserve is set on 50 000 ha of pristine and unspoiled natural beauty. The area is world famous and its structure, termed the “Pilanesberg National Park Alkaline Ring Complex” was formed by volcanic eruption.
There are over 300 bird species. Game can be viewed from a game drive or you can have a bird’s-eye view from a hot-air balloon. You can also enjoy an elephant-back safari, which is the best way of enjoying viewing the animals in their natural habitat.
The Rhino and Lion Park is privately owned and covers approximately 1200 ha on the Highveld of Gauteng. The reserve is situated in the “Cradle of Humankind”, declared as the World Heritage site. The following animal species can be found: Nile crocodile, wild dogs, Lappet faced Black Eagles, Cheetah, Blesbok, Hippo, Black Wildebeest, Gemsbok, Springbuck, Impala, Ostrich, Lion and many more. The tour is entertaining and educational and you can also experience having your photo taken while cuddling a lion cub.
This spectacular Garden is set against the backdrop of the magnificent Witpoortjie Waterfall and covers almost 300 hectares. Consisting of both landscaped and natural veld areas, this has been a popular destination for visitors since the 1800s.
The natural vegetation of the area is known as the "Rocky Highveld Grassland" and consists of a mosaic of grassland and savanna, with dense bush in kloofs and along streams. A list of naturally occurring trees is available and the variety of habitats accommodates over 600 naturally occurring plant species.
The Garden is home to an abundance of wildlife and a breeding pair of majestic Verreaux's Eagles nest on the cliffs alongside the waterfall. Together with the other 220 bird species, there are also a number of reptiles and small mammals, including small antelope and jackal. This tour will also give you an opportunity to learn about the fascination geology of the area.