The name Cango Wildlife Ranch is a bit misleading, as this is really just a glorified zoo, crocodile farm, and cheetah-breeding center, but it is great fun—especially for children. As well as the crocodiles and cheetahs, you may see white Bengal tigers and lions in large pens. Other attractions include a snake park, pygmy hippos, a tropical house with birds and giant fruit bats: in short, loads of different animals that will keep the little ones amused for ages. You
can even do a croc cage dive (R220), which isn't as bizarre as it sounds: it's not really diving, as you are separated from the croc by glass and can stand up for a breath of air whenever you feel the need. For an extra fee (R145 to R300), you can cuddle one of the resident beasts (cheetahs, lions, pythons). The price, which includes a photograph, depends on the species you choose.
Caves Rd., Oudtshoorn, 6620, South Africa
Oct 8, 2012
I was not expecting the amazing experience that our family had at this amazing park. I had read a review from Frommers so did not really want to bother with it however our children insisted and having time to kill, we went. We were truly blown away! I really wish we had gone there first as we eventually ran out of time and could have easily spent an entire day there. The staff are so friendly and welcoming and the tours are entertaining whilst being
educational and although my kids asked plenty of questions our guide was patient and answered at their level. The park is beautifully laid out, clean and tidy and the animals are obviously loved and well cared for. We all managed to croc cage dive which was great fun but only my wife and I were able to pet a cheetah, the one sadness was they would not allow our 7 & 8 year old kids in but I do understand their age restrictions for safety purposes. Apparently when they have tiger or cheetah cubs the younger ones are allowed in if their parents accompany them. The kids had a wonderful time at the petting farm whilst we had a coldrink on the deck at the restaurant overlooking their play area. We could easily have spent many more hours and not rushed as much had we known how fantastic it was going to be. We will definitely be back, great value for money.