Description of Trip (Approx 6 hours from Johannesburg return)
Lying just north of Pretoria at De Wildt in the picturesque extremely ancient Magaliesberg mountains (2nd most ancient mountains in the world over 3 billion years old), is the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre. It is clear when visiting the cheetah centre that the driving ideals here are not overtly commercial like other wildlife venues in the area but ones of conservation and the promotion of ecologically sound principles and awareness. Despite excellent sponsorships and support it relies very heavily for its existence on you the visitor. You can be reassured that your attendance fees here contribute mostly to the welfare of the centre and the animals in particular cheetahs and the less favoured African Wild Dog.
Although the Cheetah breeding programme was the main initiative that led to the foundation of the centre in 1971, there are many other animals whose continued existence and genetic diversity is supported by various breeding programmes at the centre. There are African Wild Dog, Brown Hyena, Honey Badger, Caracal, Vultures, Ostriches, Impala and Meerkats in various projects.
The African Wild Dog is greatly threatened in the wild mainly by domestic dog diseases to which it has no resistance.
Spending a morning or afternoon at the cheetah centre is one of the most worthwhile experiences while visiting this part of Southern Africa. You will surely learn something affirming about the existence of people dedicated to nature and preserving it for the benefit of the present and future generations. The beautiful natural surroundings enhance the entire experience.
The staff are young ,knowledgeable and enthusiastic and interacting with the cheetahs during the three hour programme and tour there is a great pleasure. We try to arrive early with tour groups and spend some time in the gardens around reception, there is wonderful birdlife and indigenous plants and inside the reception lapa (South African for hall or outside meeting area) are tea and coffee making facilities. Indeed if you have to leave your hotel early for the morning programme ask your hotel for a packed breakfast and you can enjoy it on a picnic there while you wait for the programme to start.
Pleasetake along a sun hat and sun screen and in the summer months light clothing is recommended as the climate to the north of the Magaliesberg is considerably warmer than Johannesburg. Comfortable walking shoes are a must as well. But venue is also wheel chair friendly.
At the centre of all, of course, are the Cheetahs and it's being up close to these wonderful creatures and experiencing their company that is the crowning glory of your visit. You might like to consider while in the region visiting other attractions. This area to the north west of Johannesburg and Pretoria is Gauteng's and the North West's province's most scenic region. The Cradle of Humankind is close by as too is Lesedi Cultural Village, Chameleon African Craft Market, The Elephant Sanctuary, The Monkey Sanctuary and the Harties Cable Way to the top of the Magaliesberg Mountains.
You can easily spend three to four days in this area seeing all its attractions,so why not stay in the region save time and see more? Leave your centre city hotel for the peaceful relaxing countryside. Please enquire with Mmilo Tours for various levels of attractive accommodation available.
General Information and Prices
Pick up and drop back anywhere in the Johannesburg/Pretoria/OR Tambo included in price.
All tours are conducted by fully qualified english speaking tour guides in approved vehicles with tourism permits. Other language guides on request.
Guided tours of the cheetah centre are at 8:30am and at 1.30pm.
On Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings the tour starts at 8.00am when there is “The Cheetah Run ” ZAR200.00 pp for extra time and fees.
Groups of 7 or larger please contact us for a quotation.
Important note: Adult humans are not seen as prey by cheetahs as we are too big but small children are! So no children under 6 years are allowed at these programmes (but special family tours can be arranged). Please contact Mmilo Tours with exact group size and make up for a quotation.
Extended day, combine with one or more of the many regions attractions
In the vicinity of the Ann van Dyk Cheetre Centre are many of the regions main attractions. So why not use the opportunity and combine with one or more of the following? Elephant Sanctuary, Monkey Sanctuary, Harties Cableway ( to the top of the Magaliesberg Mountains), Chameleon African Craft Village, Short tour around Hartebeespoort Dam, Pretoria Half day (includes Voortrekker Monument), Sterkfontein Caves or Lesedi African Cultural Village. Applicable extra entrance fees per person plus extra time charges above 8 hours will apply ( length of standard day tour).
If you are going to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve it is also possible to include many of these venues as part of your trip as they lie between Johannesburg/Pretoria and the Pilanesberg. You can spend a few very pleasant days on a tour of all these attractions. There are many excellent guest houses and small boutique hotels to stay in making your trip more relaxing than returning to Johannesburg or Pretoria every day and cheaper too! Please write to us if you want us to put a mini tour of a few days together.
Please click on Book/Enquire on this page and let us know what you would like to do.
Free Mineral water included on all our trips!