Emdoneni Cheetah Project
At Emdoneni Lodge with Cheetah Project we have ambassador animals which we use for breeding and the off spring to be released back into the wild hence the reason for the low numbers of animals in our project. A maximum of 12 animals including any off spring per specie.
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 our experienced guides.
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) with our ambassador animals and release the offspring back into their natural habitat. We pride ourselves on the many successful releases done in the past.
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The Purpose of the Project
Enable the establishment of a viable cheetah sub-population on Emdoneni Lodge with Cheetah Project.
Related to the above, to test the efficiency of re-wilding methods and procedures, and reintroduction of such animals into protected areas and other game reserves.
Raise awareness of cheetahs, caracals, servals and african wildcats, their biology and conservation status through interactions with animals that cannot be re-wilded or reintroduced into protected areas and other game reserves.
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.
We are in the process to prepare our first captivity born cheetah for a possible release. Two males born in March 2017. They are both still with mom and will remain with her until 18 months old. All 3 are isolated from the public eye, only caregivers allowed with them.
Preparing Dew, 13 months old, for a possible release in 12 months.
Cheetah – 1
Servals – 17
Caracals – 12
African Wildcats – 7
All releases are recorded according to our SOP’s and Protocols
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