We visited this park while staying in Oudtshoorn, the main town of the Little Karoo region in South Africa. It’s one of the major attractions in the area, and was well worth the trip.
As with the other animal parks we visited, there was a number of different animal ‘encounters’ that could be booked during the visit. These mainly mean getting ‘up close and personal’ with whichever animal you fancy, although the idea of entering a pen with a wild animal doesn’t appeal to everyone! My wife and I love cats, so we chose a cheetah – an adult this time, as we had already met some cheetah cubs on the first day of our trip. We were well chaperoned by several handlers, who stayed close to us and kept an eye on the cat! I have to say that it (she) was very well behaved and purred (growled?!) loudly while being stroked. The handlers held on to our camera and phones and took loads of pictures for us. They also took their own ‘official’ photo, which was available to us as we left. Unlike lots of other such places, we didn’t have to pay through the nose for this photo – it was complimentary!
We also saw lions, a leopard, white tigers, meerkats, lemurs, loads of different and unusual birds, and many more. The crocodile feeding out of the hand of a handler looked dangerous to me, and there was no way I would have considered the encounter “swimming with a crocodile”! See pic below.
All-in-all, a memorable day out.