Not the kind of cat one will walk up to and cuddle.

Did you know that you can meet lion, cheetah, leopard and tiger – up close and personal – without having to leave the beauty of the Stellenbosch winelands? It’s true, and they’re all waiting for you right here at the estate!

Vredenheim’s owners, originally long-time game farmers from Dundee in Kwazulu Natal, have a great passion for big cats and decided to open a Big Cats Park at Vredenheim to educate the public about these majestic animals and their behaviours. They opened our Big Cats Park in October 2011, and it has been attracting visitors from far and wide ever since.

The park, which was fully approved by Cape Nature, is currently home to 2 adult brown lions, 2 adult white lions, 1 white lion cub, 2 brown lion cubs, 2 caracal, 1 cheetah, 1 leopard and 2 Bengal tigers. These animals are purchased from approved breeding programmes, and Vredenheim is not allowed to breed them further – we do not wish to be a breeding programme, but rather a place of sanctuary for these beautiful creatures, where the public can enjoy them and learn more about them. Our enclosures are large and spacious, and offer each cat their own “creature comforts”, such as a play area and swimming pool for our tigers, long grass for our leopard and cheetah, and a big, comfortable rock for our male white lion to sun himself on during the day. (Taken off Vredenheim’s website)

Unfortunately I had to contend with camp fencing that in some cases could not be avoided. Here the first batch.

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More to follow.  Enjoy the day.

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