Close to the ground.

Cango Wildlife Ranch

Baron van Reede/R328 044-272-5593 www.cango.co.za adult R100, child R60

S 33 33.991 E 022 12.771

Cango Wildlife Ranch is a one-of-a-kind wildlife experience in the Western Cape. While elsewhere you can dive with sharks, only here can you go croc cage diving, where you get up close and personal with 4-meter crocodiles in a large, heated pool. The ranch is a vital facility for endangered species and the ranch believes that the best conservation education is interaction with the animals.

Adults can hang out with tigers, lions, jaguars and cheetahs, kids will have a ball at the Kiddies Farmyard where they can cuddle with bunnies, and the whole family can stroll through the snake park. You can wander around the ranch on your own, but to get the most out of your experience join a one-hour tour. 'Natural Encounters' or up-close time with the big cats costs extra and should be booked in advance to avoid last-minute disappointment. Proceeds from Natural Encounters goes toward funding conservation and captive breeding programs.

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