Accommodation near De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre

The inception of the renowned research and breeding reserve, De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust, was headed by the world-acclaimed conservationist, Ann Van Dyke in 1971. The aims of the reserve were to breed and preserve a then endangered species, the cheetah. Being the first of its kind, chances of success seemed far-reaching, especially since the initiative was a small, privately owned, and an independently funded non-profit organisation.

Despite its humble beginnings, some 500 cheetahs have since been raised and successfully resettled back into the wild.This proves to concerned conservationists that breeding in captivity does not necessarily lead to dire consequence for the animal, but re-adaptation to one's natural habitat is possible. Furthermore, De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust were solely responsible for bringing the cheetah back from the brink of extinction. This became officially recognised in 1986 when the cheetah was no longer listed as being critically endangered.

Being located in the foot of the Magaliesburg near the Hartbeespoort Dam, the 65-hectare reserve - with its sprawling terrain ensconced in the natural environment - is the ideal location to hand rear wild animals.

While initially a rehabilitation centre for the fast-moving mammal, De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust has grown exponentially and is now home to a variety of endangered species, including the wild dog, brown hyena, red duiker and ravine rabbits. It has also harboured new life, with the reserve having overseen the births of 600 cheetah cubs. The rare king cheetah, roams the undulating terrain. Despite being genetically identical to the common cheetah, it is a separate species of wild cat altogether.

The organisation does not stop at kerbing the extinction of cheetahs, but plans are underway to release captive-born wild dogs into various game reserves across South Africa.

Following a morning admiring the majestic cheetah and cooing at their cubs, tourists looking to be culturally enlightened can visit the nearby Lesedi Cultural Village. Here, you'll get to experience the daily lives of the locals. Furthermore, you'll be informed about the Pedi, Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Ndebele cultures on a guided tour through the village.

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Bly-'n-Bietjie self catering units
2.4 km

From R800* Unit

Situated on the foot of the Magaliesberg, in the beautiful and diverse de Wildt area, you will find Bly-'n-Bietjie self-catering units nestled in the Africa bushveld. Bly-'n-Bietjie self-catering unit... More Info

3 Oaks and an Aloe Boutique Hotel
6.6 km

From R2450* Unit

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Three Oaks and an Aloe Boutique Hotel is a luxury getaway located at the foot of the majestic Magaliesberg Mountains. With tranquil scenery overlooking the Hartbeespoort Dam, we offer a quiet retrea... More Info

Three Oaks and an Aloe Boutique Hotel
6.7 km

From R1060 PPS

At the foot of the magnificent Magaliesberg Mountains, awaits a world of luxury and elegance. Three Oaks and an Aloe Boutique Hotel offers guests a quiet retreat, with fantastic service and stunning f... More Info

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Khayamanzi Guesthouse
7.4 km

From R425 PPS

Situated in the dazzling Magaliesberg Mountain range lies this charming village at Hartbeespoort Dam. The area is extremely popular with nature lovers, adventure seekers and city dwellers wanting to... More Info

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Magalies Mountain Lodge & Spa
7.5 km

From R725 PPS

Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and experience serenity in natural unspoilt surroundings at the foot of the majestic Magalies Mountains. Magalies Mountain Lodge is a private guest lodge... More Info

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Pumleni Guesthouse
7.9 km

From R400 PPS

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Situated in the Magaliesberg Mountain range lies the charming village of Harties (as Hartbeespoort is affectionately called by the locals) on the edge of the Hartbeespoort Dam. The area is popular w... More Info

Palm Valley Inn
8 km

From R550 PPS

Palm Valley Inn & Conference Venue Palm Valley Inn's self-catering holiday suite apartments is situated in Hartbeespoort only 700 m from Hartbeespoortdam and from * Sun City and the Lost City 90 ... More Info

8.2 km

From R1650* Unit

Thatchview consists of 4 lovely self-catering units (2 x two bedroom units + 2 x studio units) that are centrally situated in the village of Hartbeespoort in the Magalies Mountains, offering a 360-deg... More Info

Kassaboera Lodge Hartbeespoort
8.3 km

From R1150* Unit

The name Kassaboera originates from the owner Kas Pretorius and the Afrikaner Culture of the Boer, namely hospitality, a warm friendly greeting and a love of Africa and its wildlife. The owner, Kas... More Info

Art Guesthouse
8.4 km

From R950* Unit

About The Art Guesthouse To visit the safety haven of Elsa is like moving into another world. A Frieda Khalo experience right here in Hartebeespoort Dam, only 60km from Johannesburg and less than 4... More Info

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Hartbeespoort Reviews

One of the best places to visit in SA
- Desire Du Plessis

Worth it
- Chris Marx

One of my favorite holiday destinations
- Thato Xaba

Hartebeespoort is a lovely place to visit. I'll definitely go back.
- Katlego Magoro

Harties is a perfect place to visit, we enjoyed the environment and the exquisite scenery including the dam.
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A fun and relaxing place to be.
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Lovely gem
- Bonisile Mvubu

Our new family getaway location! So much to see and do! Our son loved the snake & animal park and Laguzzi play park is awesome!!
- Megan Farrell

The place is cool and those mountains are just what you needed after a week of busy life in Pretoria.
- Patricia Muvhango