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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The Ostrich Manor
5.5 km

From R475* unit

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This Colonial-style Eco Lodge is situated on the foothills of the Magaliesberg Mountain Range at only an hour drive from Johannesburg International Airport and half an hour from Pretoria, so it is the... More Info

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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

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Three Oaks and an Aloe Boutique Hotel
6.7 km

From R790 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 Bed & Breakfast
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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Lesego Guest House
7.4 km

From R300 pps


Lesego Holiday Home is a twelve-bedroom bed and breakfast holiday home, ideally situated in the lovely village of Schoemansville, which is one of the oldest suburbs located around Hartbeespoort Dam. T... More Info

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Magalies Mountain Lodge & Spa
7.5 km

From R625 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 this charming village at Hartbeespoort. The area is popular with nature lovers, adventure seekers and city dwellers wanting to get away from the bright... More Info

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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

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Shalamanzi Lodge
8.1 km

From R350 pps


Relax in a casual atmosphere at Shalamanzi Lodge in spacious, neat yet affordable accommodation set in parklike surroundings where birdlife is abundant and vervet monkeys, bushbabies and squirrels com... More Info

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Thatchview
8.2 km

From R750 pps


Thatchview consists of two lovely self-catering units that are centrally situated in the village of Hartbeespoort in the Magalies Mountains, offering a 360-degree view of the pure mountain and Hartbee... More Info

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