Not your average zoo, Cango Wildlife Ranch in South Africa offers a mixed medley of animal interaction and educational tours. Located in Oudtshoorn (pronounced Oats-horn), South Africa, just an hour drive north off the Garden Route, this experiential animal refuge is one of many reasons to make the trek to the wild-west Klein Karoo (other reasons include exploring the fascinating Cango Caves and riding an ostrich cowboy-style.)
The Ultimate African Animal Adventure
Cango Wildlife’s biggest tourist draw is their animal encounter attractions. For an extra fee, you can pet and play with cheetahs, lemurs, tigers, or even swim with crocs! The costs per “encounter” vary, and they offer discount package rates, if you choose to have two or more encounters (check current pricing here). I chose a package of three: cheetahs, white tiger cubs, and lemurs. It was well worth the extra cash!
The “Angelina Jolie” fish that the lady in the above video refers to:
White Tiger Cubs
The two tiger cubs were absolutely adorable, and they were just young enough to play with at about six-months-old (any older and they are considered dangerous). Another thing I’ll say about the staff at Cango Wildlife, they had the best dispositions and were quite witty. Pay attention to what this fella says at the end of the video about my iPhone…
…”It’s like the same one I stole last week.” I thought it was funny…
I had a couple of opportunities to pet and play with cheetahs in South Africa. There are several cheetah conservation centers (near Addo NP, Cape Town, Jo-Berg) and ample opportunity. If you only have time for one, though, I would recommend Cango Wildlife, because it’s sort of a one-stop-shop to interact with many different types of animals.
The lemurs may have been my favorite, though. They were not-at-all-shy, curious, and somewhat affectionate creatures (or maybe they just wanted the food we were giving them).
The lemurs have this funny little sunbathing ritual that they do. It’s like they’re in (yoga) Sukhasana pose.
Don’t forget about the other animals, though!
There are a wide array of indigenous species that you can get up close and personal to (without having to pay extra).
Kind of gross, but I guess that’s just nature?
One of the things I always come away with on a visit to Africa is a great appreciation for vibrantly colored birds.
And then there are the not-so-colorful ones.
What are your thoughts on Cango Wildlife Ranch? Do you want to visit?
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