South Africa - Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

This was one of our favorite stops - the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre
img_0308 Our breakfast veranda at the guesthouse, tucked way up the hill a long, bumpy dirt road jaunt away from the highway.
Our breakfast veranda at the guesthouse, tucked way up the hill a long, bumpy dirt road jaunt away from the highway.
img_0310 What an awesome climbing tree, though we didn't do that. Check out that serious fence in the background; not sure exactly what it's keeping out.
What an awesome climbing tree, though we didn't do that. Check out that serious fence in the background; not sure exactly what it's keeping out.
img_0311 That's a boerboel, which is a South African mastiff used primarily as a guard dog. You would not want to tangle with this guy, it wouldn't turn out well for...
That's a boerboel, which is a South African mastiff used primarily as a guard dog. You would not want to tangle with this guy, it wouldn't turn out well for…
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img_0314 Some of the nicely tended, peaceful grounds.
Some of the nicely tended, peaceful grounds.
img_0315 Peek-a-boo view into the valley below.
Peek-a-boo view into the valley below.
img_0317 Zoe looking at the flowers just outside our room.
Zoe looking at the flowers just outside our room.
img_0318 Yummy breakfast. Our travel doc told us not to eat any fruit or drink anything other than bottled water, lest we risk less than entertaining trips to bathroom....
Yummy breakfast. Our travel doc told us not to eat any fruit or drink anything other than bottled water, lest we risk less than entertaining trips to bathroom.…
img_0323 In the morning, we headed over to the Cheetah Centre (let's do the British thing). First thing up was the running of a couple cheetahs as they went after lures...
In the morning, we headed over to the Cheetah Centre (let's do the British thing). First thing up was the running of a couple cheetahs as they went after lures…
img_0325 And it's off. Only doing a lazy jog at this point, though still far faster than we could run.
And it's off. Only doing a lazy jog at this point, though still far faster than we could run.
img_0326 Cranking up the speed for real now.
Cranking up the speed for real now.
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img_0328 Here's the reward for catching the lure.
Here's the reward for catching the lure.
img_0330 Time for this cheetah to head back.
Time for this cheetah to head back.
img_0337 Listening to the guides as they tell us a little bit about the cheetahs.
Listening to the guides as they tell us a little bit about the cheetahs.
img_0351 Next we hopped into some open air bus things and entered where it says "No Entry". Hmm....
Next we hopped into some open air bus things and entered where it says "No Entry". Hmm....
img_0365 At first we were underwhelmed because the animals (cheetahs, vultures, honey badgers, caracals, hyenas, and African wild cats and dogs) were all behind fences....
At first we were underwhelmed because the animals (cheetahs, vultures, honey badgers, caracals, hyenas, and African wild cats and dogs) were all behind fences.…
img_0410 A random shot of the greenery. Notice the cactus-like trees to the right. They were bizarre looking.
A random shot of the greenery. Notice the cactus-like trees to the right. They were bizarre looking.
img_0416 We're finally into an area without fencing. Here's our first meeting with an ostrich.
We're finally into an area without fencing. Here's our first meeting with an ostrich.
img_0417 A female and a male ostrich. I'll leave it to you to figure out which is which.
A female and a male ostrich. I'll leave it to you to figure out which is which.