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“Pet a cheetah”

Daniell Cheetah Project
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Kirkwood
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Owner description: Daniell Cheetah Project offers you the unique opportunity to experience cheetahs from several age groups up close while they are relaxing, playing or being fed.
Reviewed February 21, 2013

I loved stroking the pet cheetah living at the project, it was for me a really amazing experience. We also saw the other big cats in their enclosures (more like big cages) and the guide explained lots about the project. It's really great that cheetahs are being bred as they are on their way to extinction, as well as leopards.
One of the felines though had a nervous tic, and I really felt sorry for it as its enclosure was quite small. However I do appreciate the fact that it's a small project and they need funds so cannot afford bigger enclosures.
You can walk the cheetah if you book in advance, but we just dropped by so it wasn't possible.
Definitely worth a visit!

2  Thank Kookystyle
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

This is a great way to meet big cats from closeby. Don't expect any show or big commercial centre. It's a small centre dedicated to the wellbeing of especially the cheetahs. You get a tour by a guide and are able to interact with a lovely cheetah called Ola. She was not forced to do anyting, but just was looking for some cuddling. If I am not mistake there is a possibility in the aftrernoon to have a walk with the cheetahs. There are also meerkats, a leopard and two lion cubs. If you are in the area don't miss the opportunity!

2  Thank LCH1976
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

On the positive: Meeting Ola the cheetah was great as is the cheetah walk. The day visit program is very cheap and worth it especially for those who have never seen predator cats close up. However there are much better run cheetah experiences elswhere such as in Plettenberg Bay and near Hoedspruit.
Now for the negative: venue and surrounds are very run down and dilapidated and one gets the impression the low entrance fee & few large cats there are more of a way for the owner (Mr Danielle) to indirectly attract the big money by inviting "volunteers" @ R800/ ($100) day and so called "adoptions" of various cats @ up an astounding R2,250 ($300) per month. Sadly overseas visitors (victims?) are actually naive enough to fall for this scam in their droves believing they are contributing to a good cause. Questions need to be asked: where does the money go, how much % actually goes to the good of the animals, how many cheetahs have actually been bred and where are they???? Why are volunteers charged a whopping $3,000 (R29,000) per month to work there? Get real people it barely costs one tenth of that to house & feed a volunteer and the rest goes into his ??????? you know what

3  Thank GerryGiraffe
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

What a fantastic place to see conservation first hand. Our guide Jaco took us around to meet Ola the most beautiful creature ever! Also the cheeky lion cubs Chuck and Norris.

2  Thank Donovan W
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Where else can you have a cheetah lick your arm?
The pair of meerkats were fun and had apparently just extended their family, although the babies were yet to come out of the burrow.
Nice way to spend a couple of hours but it can be very hot and there is little shade, so take water, sunscreen & hats essential in the summer.

Thank Sue S
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