Zululand Cat Conservation Project

Zululand Cat Conservation Project

Zululand Cat Conservation Project
4.5
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Cat Project with educational tours (2 daily). This will give you a wonderful opportunity to come close to the following species: Cheetah, Serval, African Wildcats and Caracals. This Project is registered as an NPO. Visits need to be booked prior your arrival.
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Tarryn
Durban, South Africa16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Unbelievable experience and one I will never forget! The interactions with the cats were extraordinary! The guides were so informative and engaging! We learnt so much and walked away from the experience with a wealth of knowledge.
This is definitely something everyone should be able to experience 🫶
Written 20 June 2024
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Katiesteve T
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We felt that this was a tourist attraction, not helped by the guide calling it a show. We came away with more questions than answers. They have only released five cheetahs in nearly 20 years (to parks) and have not done any cheetah breeding. It was of course nice to pet the two tame cheetahs but they are very old (15) and one is sick. We were not sure what the education part was, because everyone just wanted a photo with a cheetah.
The African wild cat had exactly the same markings as domesticated cats we have seen in South Africa.
We came away unclear as to how this project was helping the cheetah population, so we were pleased to see a cheetah mothers and three cubs in HI national park a few days later.
Written 13 November 2023
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Dearest Katie & Steve Thank you for your review. As the owners of this project we take all feedback seriously, including negative reviews. It is also our duty to address your concerns, on this platform, to provide some clarity on the situation to our future guests. It is very sad to read that you have left with more questions than answers. A pity that you did not reach out to us on the email you made the reservation on, as we are always available to address any other questions our visitors might have. An informed guests are always a happy guests. The main emphasis of the cat project is to release the progeny of animals back into the wild which we succesfully did. We only keep our breeding pairs (ambassador animals) and those animals that cannot be released due to many reasons, at the project and for educational purposes. All offspring, where possible, will be released into the wild, back where they belong. Our releasing numbers up to date, a true statement of what this very small project is all about. Cheetah – 5 Serval – 25 Caracal – 15 African Wildcats – 9 : All these releases were conducted in conjunction with our local authorities and recorded as per our SOP’s and Protocols. Our conservation efforts to rewild and release any animal does not come cheap or with no effort. 2 years to prepare an animal (rewilding) and 3-6 months in a boma before release and monitoring the animal after release. As you will read up that it is extremely difficult to breed with cheetah, in the wild and even more in captivity. But we tried and succeeded. To set the record straight as we suspect you might have interpretted the info incorrectly. Our captive cheetah have bred succesfully and 5 offspring were succesfully release into small private reserves. You are indeed correct, African wildcats do have the same marking as housecats. They arose from the African wildcat which are genetically threatened due to interbreeding with domestic and feral cats. As always, guests visiting the project love to take photos of the cats, with or without them in the background. Each to their own. Our guests do appreciate the work we do in the 30 years having this project, unfortunately we cannot please everyone but we will still want to try!
Written 15 November 2023
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Anna-Marie Potgieter
Kempton Park, South Africa255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Even though we arrived more than an hour early were staff super and helpfull to allow us in. Great service by the professional staff. They made us feel at home. The premises are beautifully kept and one feels to just stay there forever.
The cats were also in a very good condition and the staff most knowledgeable on the species. They looked after as and ensure that were safe. Will definately go back again
Written 12 August 2023
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Thank you Anna-Marie for your great review - it is much appreciated!
Written 15 November 2023
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HelenbarnesOslo
Oslo87 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We went to this project as cheetahs are our daughters favourite animal. We were extremely glad to have the opportunity to see these gorgeous cats up close. We hadn’t understood when we booked that under 16s aren’t allowed in with the cheetahs which was a shame. We did an hour long private tour and saw the four types of cat.
Written 5 August 2023
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We always expect guests to make contact with us prior your visit. We will always try and accommodate you. It is not the age that is the issue but rather the size. Please remember that these animals are still wild animals. Our guest safety always come first.
Written 9 August 2023
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esarig737509
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Lovely tranquil setting with great people who care to make the experience a unique and welcoming experience
Written 4 August 2023
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Thank you for you 5 star review, we are here to give our guests the best experience.
Written 9 August 2023
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Seevali D
Colombo, Sri Lanka8 975 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Our family of six including four adults and two children visited the Cat Reserve on 10th July 2023 for the morning 1030 tour.

The guide who showed us around was knowledgeable, friendly and informative. He explained how they care for the injured or orphaned cat species and measures taken to rehabilitate them at the centre. He took us along to show us the Caracal, African Wild Cat, Cheetah and the Serval. We were taken into some enclosures for closer observation. Our child of 11 years was not permitted to enter the Cheetah enclosure. We learnt a lot of interesting facts about these cats during the tour.

The guide explained that the animals after a period of rehabilitation are released back to the wild. Those that remain had been injured in the wild and would not probably have lived otherwise.

It was indeed a most informative visit thoroughly enjoyed by all and an opportunity to see these elusive cats!
Written 27 July 2023
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Appreciate your review.
Written 9 August 2023
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Adri E
Cathkin Park, South Africa15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Wonderful experience, especially with the cheetahs. Our guide was friendly and accommodating with our little one. Good value for money!
Written 14 July 2023
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Lovely review, thank you!
Written 9 August 2023
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odettehamman
Pongola, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Excellent experience, wonderful food and awesom luxury in bedrooms!! We will definitely love to visit again and are telling everybody we meet what an awesome place it is. The personnel are very friendly and helpful!
Written 10 July 2023
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Thank you Odette for a fabulous review!
Written 9 August 2023
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sim0np
Cuffley, UK213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Very interesting and informative tour with knowledgeable, enthusiastic and personable guides.
You can go inside enclosure and have your photo taken with a cheetah!
The cats you see cannot be released back into the wild because they have become used to humans or are injured etc., but the project has separate enclosures that you cannot visit where cats for release back into the wild are brought up so this tour raises money that can go towards financing that valuable and worthwhile work.

There is accommodation attached in the lodge which is comfortable with an excellent restaurant and good service.
Written 26 April 2023
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Appreciate your wonderful review!
Written 9 August 2023
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Rod W
Virginia Water, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
My wife and I visited the project, it takes an hour - the guides did a great job explaining the different types of cats and cheetahs, and showing us their different behavioural characteristics. We were able to take some great photos too. Its very difficult to see these cats in the wild as they are so elusive and rare, so its a great opportunity.
The project is doing something very important, releasing young cats back into the wild, so is very well worthwhile supporting. We stayed at the lodge next door to the project, which is also very good
Written 9 March 2023
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Indeed, we only keep a minimum nrs in the project. We believe that all off spring to be released back into the wild, where they belong. Thank you for your visit and great review.
Written 9 August 2023
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