We went to Caesar's Bush Palace as part of a tour arranged by the Matswani Private Game Reserve, so it was quite a coincidence we visited this place. I felt quite sceptic, when I first heard, it was a kind of mini-zoo for exotic animals that were mistreated by their former owners. We definitely did not come to South Africa to see tigers or go to a zoo with all the nature around!
We got, however, a tour by a very enthousiastic guide, who not only explained a lot about the animals, but who also was able to communicate her love of the animals and the need for a place like this in South Africa. Very impressive.
Most animals looked very happy and although the cages are not that big or fancy, they seem to have a good life there. They told us also that they regularly get a vet to look at them, especially as many of the animals need treatments or prophylactic vitamin treatments due to malnutrition or deficiencies in their early life. There was a hyena expressed stereotype behavior, which of course is not a good sign. The guide, however, did not try to hide this, but explained that they were aware of this and hoped to find another hyena or in other ways try to get this animal back to more natural behavior.
It is sad, that there is a need for a place like this, but go and visit it, when you are around and get both a good experience and support the people behind the Caesar's Bush Palace.
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