Cheetah Conservation & Research Centre

By supporting The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre you make an invaluable difference toward saving the cheetah in the wild. “In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught.” – Baba Dioum

There are many ways in which you can help make a difference. You can book a tour, adopt a wild child, make a donation, or support our research, education and conservation efforts through a sponsorship.



Established in 1971 by Ann and originally known as the De Wildt Cheetah Research Centre, the name was changed in 2010, to the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre as a tribute to the woman who has devoted her life to the survival of cheetahs and other rare and endangered species.

Two hour guided tours are offered daily, and on certain mornings guests have the option to book a cheetah run and guided tour package. The cheetah run offers an opportunity to witness a breath taking high speed cheetah chase. Tours are led by a knowledgeable guide and visitors
to the Centre will see a variety of animals including cheetah, King Cheetah, African wild dog, caracal and vultures amongst others.

The Centre prides itself in its contribution to the conservation and survival of the cheetah species through meticulous breeding (ensuring genetic diversity) and the ability to release captive born cheetahs as and when suitable space becomes available. It has also played an important role in the academic arena and eighty research publications have been written and undertaken through the facility.

The future of the Centre remains secure as Ann has handed over the reins to her nephew Eric van Dyk, who continues with her vision and dream.

As a non-profit organisation that receives no government funding, the Centre relies heavily on sponsorship, donations and income generated from tours and the adoption programme, to subsidise our various conservation projects.

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