We had spent the weekend at Game Lodges on Game Drives etc... saw loads of animals in large open areas and had a great time. The Cheetah centre was a big dissappointment to us - The afternoon tour group had 26 people on it, including a children birthday party of 10 or so! Not good when you are part of a couple wanting to enjy, peace, quiet and the great outdoors.
Anyway, the tour started with a video in a conference area which ttold you basic info about Cheetah and the Park. Then you could pay R180 for a Cheetah interaction which we did and wished we hadnt bothered. They led a very tame Cheetah into the room and it jumped up onto a table and laid down to be stroked for 5mins. Very expensive considering we did a Cheetah experience the day before at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve 30mins drive away and it cost R30 per person and we got to go into its grassy enclosure to stroke it and have photos taken in the sun with it purring away. Great for schoolkids maybe but not adults unless you havent done anything better before.
Then was the 2hr driven game drive. It was very slow and the guide got out at each cage and spoke in a monotone voice about the animals. Again, great for a bunch of schoolkids but otherwise it was not upto what we expected. Couldnt see the animals often, they were always in caged enclosures that werent very big and the tour was so slow, that 15mins in I was already regretting visiting this place.
I am sure it does great work for the conservation of Cheetah and as an educational / breeding centre I am sure it does great work. But from a tourist perspective, don't bother, go to the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve instead and do the Cheetah interaction there and see more Cheetah in a large open enclosure.
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