Emdoneni Cheetah Project
Join us for an up close and personal tour and learn more about South Africa’s endangered wild cat species. Come and be mesmerized by the beauty of the Caracal (Lynx), enchanted by the playful Serval, astonished by the speed and agility of the Cheetah and delighted by the African Wildcat.
View and photograph these amazing animals at the Emdoneni Cheetah Project. We offer daily educational tours, with feedings during the afternoon tour and an informative talk about the animals and the project by an experienced guide.
The aim of the Emdoneni Lodge Cheetah Project is to care for Cheetahs, Serval Cats, African Wildcats and Caracal (Lynx), which have been orphaned or injured in the wild and are in need of care and rehabilitation. We also intend to breed successfully (where possible) and release the offspring back into their natural habitat.
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To create a wildlife awareness and education centre, that also creates job opportunities for the local community.
The provision and maintenance of an environmentally friendly and aesthetic wildlife centre for selected feline species.
The management of a wildlife centre in conformance with generally accepted standards, procedures and guidelines set by the KZN Wildlife Services.
To attract local community, including school groups and tourists to the centre for wildlife awareness and educational purposes.
Health and Hygiene
Regular checks with qualified Veterinary Personnel. At present this is performed by Dr. T. Viljoen.
Examinations are made weekly for internal parasites.
De-worming is done in accordance with veterinary recommendations.
Animal conditions are monitored daily, this includes skin/coat, appetite and external parasites.
Camps are sprayed as necessary to control flies, fleas and ticks.
Camps vegetation is managed as necessary to prevent excessive long grass and habitat for various parasites.
Only suitable food is made available to the animals. This is varied and balanced and approximates to conditions in the wild. Bulk e.g. skin, hair, feathers and abdominal organs are a very necessary part of the diet and with whole carcasses, are given to the animals from time to time.
Where it is necessary to use frozen food (venison, chicken, beef, etc.), this is carefully and slowly thawed out before being given to the animals. All food is managed hygienically and with care (deep freezes and food preparation areas are clean).
Total protein and energy content with good balances of calcium and phosphorus are vital for animal health, for this reason whole carcasses are supplied frequently, and where possible meat is given with bone.
Calcium powder is added as required.
Clean water is always available.
Time of tours :
Summer 10h30 and 16h00 daily (afternoon tour includes feeding). Winter (May to August) 10h30 daily and 16h00 daily (afternoon tour includes feeding)
Duration of tours :
90 minutes, depending
on the interaction period
All tours will be limited to the maximum of 75 visitors or limited to the availability of tour guides. The total number of guests will be split into groups. Groups not to exceed the total of 20 guests per group. Tickets will be based on a first come, first served basis. Should the visitor number exceed 75 guests, visitors will unfortunately be asked to visit the next day or next show.
Cat Coffee Shop
Selected menu for the hungry and beverages for the thirsty, available at our coffee shop
Coffee shop opening times : 08:30 and 14:30