Predator World, North West
Did you know?
The zoo-by-night tour is a great way of seeing predators in their active, nocturnal state. It starts at dusk and meanders through the zoo under cover of darkness.
Predator World, a zoo focusing almost exclusively on predatory animals that are often elusive in the wild, is ideally suited to families.
Introducing children to predators comes courtesy of a variety of tours such as 'The Lion’s Whiskers' and 'Scratchy Meerkat', which hint at the species likely to be encountered. Kiddies' tours take one to two hours and include treasure hunts and refreshments.
With the ability to reach speeds of more than 100km/h in three seconds, the cheetah is the fastest land animal. At Predator World you will be able to see adult cheetahs in their enclosure.
Also at Predator World is the lion, Africa’s iconic wild animal and one of the Big Five. View these social felines in their prides – look out for maned males, females and cubs.
Visitors will also be able to see leopards and servals. Known for their opportunistic hunting style, leopards are immensely strong cats that have the ability to climb high into a tree, dragging their heavy prey with them, while the African serval, with a comical appearance due to its long legs and large ears, is a smaller predatory cat equipped with acute hearing.
Another familiar bushveld inhabitant found at Predator World is the spotted hyena, scavenger of the bush and thief of many a hard-won prize. Its cousin, the brown hyena, is equipped with powerful jaws designed to crunch through the leg bones of mammals.
Visitors will also be able to see meerkats, the most endearing of bushveld animals. They live in underground tunnel networks and have a strict social structure to ensure their survival in the open grasslands, where they can be found catching the early morning sun on their fur.
One of the more unusual attractions at Predator World is the Bengal tiger, which is not of African descent, but an impressive predator nevertheless.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)14 552 6900
How to get here
From Johannesburg, follow the N1 north to Pretoria. Take the N4 west to Rustenburg, and then the R556 to Sun City and the Pilanesberg. It is situated on the right-hand side after an approx 45-minute drive on the R556. The address is 59 Homestead Avenue, Pilanesberg.
Best time to visit
Predator World is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Feeding times are: Mondays at 11am; Thursdays at 4pm; and Saturdays at 2pm.
Tours to do
Walk with cheetahs, take a mountain bike safari, go walking or plan a picnic.
Walking tours or game drives are available.
What will it cost
Game drive is R300 per adult and R150 per child. Specialised children’s tours are R115 per child.
What to pack
Pack a hat and sunscreen for hot days.
Where to stay
Sun City, with its myriad accommodation options, is just around the corner.
What to eat
Organise a picnic basket for your drive and stop off along the way for refreshments. Kiddies’ tours include drinks plus a choice of burger or toasted sandwich and fruit.