Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre
33km from Pretoria
+27 12 504 9906/7/8
The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre (formerly known as the De Wildt Cheetah Centre) is a 15-minute drive from Hartbeespoort Dam and is definitely worth a visit. It is here that you can witness first-hand the spectacular speed of the cheetah. The experience comes with spectacular photographic opportunities as these lithe beasts reach speeds of up to 120km per hour.
As the name implies, Ann van Dyk is the power behind the centre. She founded the centre to breed rare and endangered cheetah species and educate the public at the same time. Notoriously difficult to raise in captivity, 800 cubs have been bred by Van Dyk since 1971, including the king cheetah.
You won’t only see cheetah at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre. In a three-hour guided wildlife tour offered twice a day, guests will also see African wild dog, caracal, African wild cat, vultures and some antelope species. Special family tours are available twice daily for those with children under 6 years of age, and private tours can be organised. The centre also offers a tour series and outreach programme for schools. Three times a week, at 08h00, visitors can witness the cheetahs being ‘exercised’ on the property. Please make bookings beforehand.
It’s possible to stay over at the rustic Cheetah Lodge in the Magaliesberg foothills, which comprises eight en-suite double rooms. The centre also has a venue for lunch parties, an intimate stone chapel for weddings, and a conference room for corporate events.
The centre has a satellite facility in the Waterberg, called the De Wildt Shingwedzi Cheetah Ranch.