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Cheetah, Penguin colony & Wine tour via the Whale Route

Cape Town, Winelands, Beaches

Activity Description

Come and meet the world’s fastest land animals.
Did you know?
The evolution of cheetahs can be traced back 4 million years. Cheetahs are an endangered species, with less than 1 000 in South Africa and less than 7 500 in the world. The Cheetah Outreach project was established at Spier Wine Estate in 1997, but has since moved to Somerset West. Its aim is to address the conflict between cheetahs and South African farmers. Cheetahs need to eat and often their meal of choice is livestock like sheep. This has resulted in farmers killing them to protect their commercial interests. The Cheetah Outreach breeds and trains Anatolian shepherd dogs, who have for centuries guarded flocks of sheep from predators such as cheetahs. Once trained, these dogs are given to farmers, ensuring that cheetahs find other sources of food and farmers can retain their livelihood. The funding for the breeding and training of these dogs, comes from the people who visit the Cheetah Outreach. You can get up close to these magnificent cats and learn all sorts of interesting facts about them. At a small extra charge, you can even get photographs of yourself touching a cheetah or handling a fluffy cub.

The tour guides at the facility are very passionate and knowledgeable – happy to answer any questions that visitors may have about cheetahs or Anatolian shepherds. While only the trainers are permitted to handle the temperamental dogs, visitors can see them to get an idea of their size and shape. The Cheetah Outreach not only provides employment opportunities for locals, but also excellent opportunities for South African and international volunteers. So come and meet these speedy predators and help contribute to the survival of the specie.

Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African Penguin in the world.
Located in the quaint coastal town of Betty’s Bay in the Overberg, Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to a unique colony of African penguins. Stony Point offers the public the chance to see these wonderful flightless birds up close, via the boardwalk through the colony, which allows the public to observe the penguins go about their daily activities in their natural habitat, without disturbing or disrupting them.
The colony lies on the site of the old Waaygat Whaling Station, which was used to harvest and process Whale meat in the early to mid 1900s. Remnants of the machinery and infrastructure for this long-defunct industry can still be found at the site. Wine Tasting in the Helderberg region.

Arrangements

DurationOpen Ended
WhenAll year round
WhereHelderberg area and Cape Town
WeatherWeather permitting
What to WearSomething comfortable and warm for the winter
Things to BringSunblock, camera, sunglasses, hat and binoculars
Guests or SpectatorsNo spectators allowed

Requirements

Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsTransport and entrance fees
ExclusionsMeals and drinks

Notes

Great combination of activities

Customer Reviews

I would like to say how much I enjoyed the experience provided by this tour.Scott made sure that we saw everything we wanted to making it very personal. It was great value for money making it a memory we will never forget. - les atkins




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