Eastern Cape

Top 10

Animal sanctuaries

1Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, North West

This sanctuary is dedicated to protecting, conserving and breeding the vulnerable cheetah.

2SanWild Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Sanctuary, Limpopo

Situated in the Limpopo province, this is one of South Africa’s finest wildlife sanctuaries dedicated to the rehabilitation of wild animals.

3Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, Limpopo

Located at the base of the Drakensberg Mountains this establishment is dedicated to rescuing and saving injured or orphaned wild animals.

4Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, Plettenberg Bay

This sanctuary caters for several types of primates. All of them were born in captivity, and are now released to roam the enormous forest enclosure.

5Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden, Mpumalanga

Though chimps are not native to South Africa, under the auspices of renowned US primatologist, Jane Goodall, these primates, endangered through conflict and the ‘bush meat’ trade have found a place of sanctuary.

6Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education (CARE), Limpopo

Established in 1987 by Rito Miljo, this was the very first animal rehabilitation centre in Limpopo. Today CARE is home to hundreds of baboons as well as other wild creatures.

7The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, Limpopo

A breeding and conservation centre, the focus is on the protection of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. See rare King Cheetah’s and visit the elephants of Camp Jabulani.

8Elephant Sanctuaries, countrywide

Elephant sanctuaries provide shelter and care for these enormous, intelligent beasts. The focus is on rehabilitation and education, but you can still enjoy up-close-and personal experiences with these mammoth personalities.

9Penguins Eastern Cape, Cape St Francis

This highly-respected rescue facility has saved thousands of African penguins (and other seabirds) from oiling, stranding, injury and dehydration.

10The Barberspan Bird Sanctuary, North West

This bird sanctuary is one of the largest waterfowl sanctuaries in South Africa. The Barberspan area has been declared a RAMSAR Wetland.