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Emdoneni Cheetah project
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Owner description: Cat Project with Cheetah, Serval, African Wildcats and Caracals
Reviewed March 12, 2014

We just came for the little 4pm tour which includes feeding some of the cats, and above all, patting a cheetah on the head! it purrs!
the ranger was very knowledgeable, fun and to the point.
They do a fantastic job, thank you!

Thank Tang421
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

A not to be missed attraction. Situated on the N2 - Durban side of Hluhluwe. A highlight was the tour guide who was most knowledgeable, an expert in his field. The highlight was stroking a cheetah, who was relaxed and was licked by this magnificent cat. A life ambition realised.

Thank BeardedwonderKzn
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

This was our second visit to the sanctuary and as a family we enjoyed it thoroughly. A tea garden/shop is available with refreshments on offer before and after the tour. The guide was friendly, informative and expressed the need for this African cats to rehabilitate back into the reserves. Lots of good work being done to help these animals and bring their plight to the public. Well done to the owners for doing their bit to preserve these species. We were able to get quite close to the cheetah - all and all a really good tour to go to! As we were Lodge guests, we did not have to pay for the cat tours, but visitors are welcome.

Thank CatloverDurban
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Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Emdoneni during our time in the Hluhluwe area. Being do it yourselfers, we Americans drove ourselves here from Durban. One thing to share if this is what you will be doing, know that there are rest stops if you pull off the freeway in Richards Bay and St Lucia. We didn't know this ahead of time as we were unfamiliar with the area before heading out. Let's just say it was a tough 3 hour drive without the knowledge. Anyways, Emdoneni was great. We actually stayed in their honeymoon suite, the windfall cottage, as during the time we were to visit this was the ONLY room available ( I booked 6 months in advance - we traveled Aug 2-5 I believe) I would pay the extra to do it again, as the cottage is set off from the main housing area. Our room was surrounded by the zebras and nayalas all day long. We also walked by the cat enclosures to get to breakfast and dinner each day. Note, you need a flash light if you stay here, and when we asked for one, the staff didn't have any. We were prepared and had a small one with us so we were ok. Also one more quirky thing to note the only shower is outside, it is great, but it limits the times you can shower comfortably. Also, the toilets do not have a sound barrier between the sleeping area, so it isn't very private. We worked it out, but that was the most difficult part of the stay. Emdoneni claims to offer a lot of activities, but really they only have the cat tours and game drives. I wanted to plan everything as soon as we got there.
However a lot of it was up to me and there wasn't a whole lot of service in this regard. Note the service to be that experienced in the Kwa-Zulu natal area. It is not fast paced, or extra accommodating. They get things done, but don't expect extraordinary service. Staying a short time we wanted to pack it all in. My suggestion is to stay on top of it if you are like us and want to make plans. They don't allow you to plan activities ahead of time. While there we did 2 game drives, 2 cat tours, and visited St Lucia. We had to be aggressive to plan what we did. Another thing I wanted to note as I was surprised is the facilities are abandoned during the day. It was a ghost town when we ordered a lunch. Like I said our time there was at full capacity. You see people at breakfast and dinner, but other than that no one seemed to be on the premises. The cat tours were great. One time it was just us and one other couple, the other time there were more. The communication And directions are vague and we almost missed a tour, as there meeting spot they told us at check in wasn't actually the meeting spot ( us and another couple found this out). But even though Emdoneni has all these quirks it was a great experience. If you are going to stay here it is really left up to you to plan your trip.
The game drives are fairly short, as you must drive about 30 min to get to the launching point so 1 hour is driving and not seeing game, but they were still great. In the winter the best time to see the game are in the evening because it is very cold in the AM in winter and the animals are not active. On that note bring jackets and lots of layers. I came prepared and was still freezing in the morning.
We greatly enjoyed the stay, and would recommend it to anyone, but I hope my inclusion of quirks helps you to be prepared :)

1  Thank Anna M
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

When we went to pay for the cat tour, Dumisane welcomed us as if we were his long lost family. Reception was a breath of fresh air! The cat tour was worth every cent and your young ladies at the coffee shop were congenial hosts. The next day, when Bonamanzi could not take us on a game drive which we had booked prior to arriving, we phoned Emdoneni and Dumisane organized us a game drive within ten minutes of asking and Pieter was so obliging and a very informative guide indeed. Such service makes people want to return and we certainly will. We had two Canadians in our party and they were super impressed. Thank you Emdoneni for a memorable visit.

1  Thank Pene S
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