Welcome to the Zululand Cat Conservation Project 

Non-Profit Organisation number 269-122
Non-Profit Company NPC 2019/466124/08

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” – Albert Einstein.

Bookings are essential, otherwise entrance will be based on first come, first serve basis. 

To Book:   Please phone/WhatsApp +27 (0) 82 7133 686 or phone +27 (0) 35 562 7000/7001 to book your space. 

We offer only three daily educational tours, with an informational talk about the animals and the project by our experienced guides.  Please note that we do not offer on the hour tours.

Enclosures Access:

Caracals – No access allowed.  The educational tour will still be conducted in front of the caracal enclosures.

African Wildcats & Servals – Access to all visitors including children are allowed. The educational tour will be done within the enclosures of these cats.  Children smaller than 4 years to be on a shoulder of a parent.  Strict children’s rules will apply.

Cheetah – A minimum height of 1.5m and over the age of 14 years required to enter the cheetah enclosures.

Photos with our cats:
Photos with our cats are not guaranteed.
Should our cats be willing to ‘pose’ with you, the following will count:
Photos will ONLY be allowed under strict guidance of our guides.
A 2m distance between the cat and person.  This distance shall not be less in any circumstances.

Animals Interaction Policy:

We only allow visits to our ambassador cats.
Our policy aligns with local & international trends in animal ethics and welfare, prioritizing the safety and health of both animals and visitors.
We believe in granting animals the right to live a life free from fear, which can often result from close contact with unfamiliar humans.

Rewilding of cats:
Our animals that are prepared for release are not visible to the public.
We actively avoid human-imprinting, as it can cause animals to identify more with humans than with their own species.
This separation aims to prevent animals from becoming problem animals once they are released.

Time of tours:
Summer: 09h00; 10h30 and 16h30 daily .
(May to August) 09h00; 10h30 daily and 16h00 daily.

SA : R220,00 adults/R110,00 kids
International : R420,00/R250,00 kids

Adults = 14 years and older
Kids = 13 years and younger
Free = 6 years and younger



Duration of tours:
 60 minutes
All tours will be limited to the maximum of 40 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 the maximum, visitors will be asked to visit the next day or next tour.

Founded in 1994 when we were chosen to take care of three cheetah and 1 serval cat, in coordination with the relevant local conservation authorities in KwaZulu Natal.  Injured or orphaned cat species could be brought to us for care and love. We are working closely with KZN Wildlife Services who assist us in releasing off-spring back into the wild.  Successful releasing of Cheetah, Serval, Caracal and African Wildcat has been done in the Zululand Rhino Reserve, KwaZulu Private Game Reserve, Eastern Cape Province, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Phinda Game Reserve, Mkuze Falls Game Reserve and in the Bushlands area.

The primary objective and purpose of the project is to facilitate environmental education and conservation of Cheetahs (currently listed as endangered by the IUCN) and Servals (becoming increasingly threatened through habitat loss and hunting), African Wildcat (in-breeding) and Caracals (killed by life stock farmers).

Ultimately, the goal for each injured or neglected animal received into our project is to be released back into the wild, but inevitably some will never recover or be capable to care for themselves.  These animals become our ambassador animals.  Occasionally breeding will be allowed with our ambassador animals, all offspring are raised by their mothers to be prepared for their release.  The well-being and welfare of all our animals are paramount in the promotion of our conservation ethic to our guests. To achieve these aims we promote the concept of select ambassador animals. We hope that your visit with these magnificent species will encourage you to care more for their survival and the future of these animals.

All releases are recorded according to our Standard Operating Procedures and Protocols set out by our local authorities.

Adopt a Cat

Adoption of animals in care centers by private persons or companies is not a new way of raising funds for the well-being of animals in captivity, but a system that is basically ‘adopted’ worldwide by such organisations.
At the Zululand Cat Conservation Project, our only funding to maintain the project at present is through visitor attendance of tours or support from the owners.