Top 10: Animal sanctuaries

Chimpanzee, Jane Goodall Institute A chimpanzee at Chimpanzee Eden

1 Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, North West

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

2 SanWild 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. more

3 Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, Limpopo

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

4 Monkeyland 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.

5 Jane 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. more

6 Centre 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.

7 The 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.

8 Elephant 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.

9 Sanccob Eastern Cape

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

10 The 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. more