Let’s go tour……
- a Cheetah Centre,
- an African Arts & Craft market,
- and an Elephant Sanctuary.
We depart at 06:45 and head for the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountains in the North West Province, location of amongst others, a Cheetah Centre, nestled at the foothills of the Magaliesberg Mountains a few kilometers north of the Hartbeespoort dam where we are to experience an awesome site guided Cheetah program commencing at 08:00. Watching a cheetah run and being close up, even touching a cheetah is not an everyday occurrence!
The cheetah is the fastest land animal, reaching speeds of up to 120km/h (74mph).
One stride covers from 6 – 9 meters (19 – 29ft).
It can cover 28m (91ft) in one second.
The scientific name for cheetah is Acinonyx jubatus – Acinonyx meaning ‘non-moving claws’ referring to the non retractable claws and jubatus, which means maned, referring to the mantle on a young cheetahs back.
An exhilarating tour discovering the cheetah, their behavior and survival.
More is to be seen at the Cheetah Centre…….
African Wild Dog, now on the Endangered list.
Caracal, a formidable hunter.
Various African wild game in addition to Cheetah can be seen from a guided Safari vehicle while on tour at the Cheetah Centre.
Following on the program at the Cheetah Centre, we move on to an African Arts and Craft Market of delight! Browse the vast number of items on display and negotiate a best price at leisure. Enjoy an optional coffee, tea or beverage and a snack of choice available from a variety of restaurants at African Arts and Craft Market.
With African Arts & Craft shopping bags filled to the brim we head for an Elephant Sanctuary nestled in a forest at the foothills of the Magaliesberg Mountains a few kilometers north of the Hartbeespoort dam where we are to experience an awesome site guided African elephant interaction program commencing at 14:00. Touching and walking with real African elephants is an absolute delight!
Ps. Don’t forget to ask for an “elephant kiss” while mingling with the elephants!
Return to Pretoria:
Departure for Pretoria is soon after the program ends at the elephants to arrive home at around 17:00
An awesome day in the North West Province awaits!
Return: 17:00/17:30 (5:00pm/5:30pm)
Program and entrance fees at the venues
Tea & Coffee at the Cheetah Centre
Tea & Coffee at the Elephant Sanctuary
Light lunch at the African Arts and Craft Market
What to wear:
Winter: 0 to 20°C
Warmish dress code, early morning is cold – Jeans, warm jacket, sneakers, sun glasses, camera, hat
Summer: 15 – 45°C
Light dress code – Shorts, sneakers/sandals, sun glasses, camera, hat, sun screen lotion