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“Nothing Not to Love”

Cango Wildlife Ranch
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US$672.02*
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5-Day Private Garden Route Tour: Tsitsikamma National Park, Addo Elephant...
Ranked #3 of 30 things to do in Oudtshoorn
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Owner description: Cango Wildlife Ranch is internationally recognised as one of South Africa’s premier tourism attractions. Conveniently situated en route to the Cango Caves near Oudtshoorn, the Ranch offers visitors a huge variety of awe-inspiring activities at one location for a value-packed price – suitable for the whole family and open 365 days a year! In addition to our wonderful animal encounter programs, where you can stroke a cheetah and touch a tiger, the Ranch also offers two Firsts: Lemur Falls – the first interactive Lemur experience in Africa! - and Crocodile Cage Diving - a World First - where you can test your mettle against the dangerous gaze of a Nile Crocodile via a steel cage lowered into their watery domain! As a PAAZAB(African Association of Zoos and Aquaria) accredited facility, a proud member of WAZA(World Association of Zoos and Aquariums), and a multiple winner of TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence, Cango Wildlife Ranch remains a unique world-class facility which strives to provide conservation through education by means of various conservation projects, initiatives and informative guided tours! A significant percentage of all proceeds go straight back into our conservation initiatives providing you with ethical and unforgettable fun and memories. For unlimited adventure for the whole family – visit Cango Wildlife Ranch!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Mossel Bay, South Africa
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157 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Nothing Not to Love”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

Thouroughly enjoyed our visit to Cango Wildlife Ranch. Our guide Duggy definately made our tour unforgetable. He is definately a asset to Cango. The animals are beautiful and all the information that you get on your tour very interesting. We will definately be back to do the crocodile cage diving experience in summer.

Visited August 2014
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cangowranch, Public Relations Manager at Cango Wildlife Ranch, responded to this review, 3 September 2014
Dear visitor

Thank you for your review on our facility!

We appreciate that you took the time to write a review and with such positive feedback too. Our crocodile cage diving experience is officially open for summer - we can't wait to host you for this thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

See you soon then!

Kind regards,
Tammy Moult
Tourism Manager
pro@cango.co.za
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“Up close and Intimate Experiences”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

We visited the Cango Wildlife Ranch on July 1 2014 after spending the night at La Plume guesthouse. The staff at La Plume recommended CWR to us as a great opportunity for my 10 year old niece to see wildlife up close, before we went on safari at Lion Sands next to Kruger National Park.
We were very pleased to see how well CWR caters to families and children. The focus is very clear: educate the public on issues affecting wildlife not just in Africa but elsewhere plus participate in wildlife conservation. There were a number of signs outlining important concerns such as the taking of bush meat in an irresponsible fashion, habitat destruction, etc. We also noticed the large group of school children that were on a tour and appreciated how well the guide managed the rambunctious kids as well as educate them.The enclosures are clean and well kept. The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. We had ample opportunity to take pictures and practice with our new long lenses.
Three of our group had encounters with the 2 new cheetah cubs: Pippa and Peyton. Although these encounters are on top of the price of admission, in North America, most zoos wouldn't let you this close to any animal. We considered the encounter fees quite reasonable. CWR is privately owned with no government subsidies and needs to cover its overhead.
We enjoyed the opportunity to visit Cango Wildlife Ranch and would encourage anyone traveling through the Klein Karoo to do so as well.

Visited July 2014
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cangowranch, Public Relations Manager at Cango Wildlife Ranch, responded to this review, 3 September 2014
Dear visitor

We really appreciate your review of our facility.

Your full description of your visit contains some wonderful feedback for which we are most grateful. As a world-class facility, we pride ourselves on our educational program - we believe in conservation through education.

We hope that you will be visiting us again in the near future!

Kind regards,
Tammy Moult
Tourism Manager
pro@cango.co.za
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George, South Africa
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“Don't miss this brilliant, animal-friendly experience.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

This was our ninth visit to the Cango Wildlife Reserve, and we still can't get enough! Staff members are well-trained, well-informed and very friendly. I saw a previous review refer to Cango as a wannabe Disney experience, and I can't disagree more. In fact, I have no idea what he's on about... Cango has breeding programmes for endangered species from across the world, and doesn't claim to be an exclusively South African facility. I welcome the tour busses from schools and other facilities, since Cango offers an educational experience that inspires conservation, respect for animals and an appreciation for nature. Well done! We'll be visiting again soon!

Visited August 2014
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cangowranch, Public Relations Manager at Cango Wildlife Ranch, responded to this review, 3 September 2014
Dear visitor

Thank you very much for taking the time to review our facility!

Your kind words and positive feedback left us with smiles on our faces and warmth in our hearts. As a world-class zoological facility, we pride ourselves on our level of standards and passion for animals. The health and well-being of all our animals are of the utmost importance to us. We are extremely glad to hear that you will be visiting us again soon.

We will be sure to pass on all the compliments to our staff members!

See you soon then!
Kind regards,
Tammy Moult
Tourism Manager
pro@cango.co.za
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“GIVE IT A MISS TO IMPROVE”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

This attraction has become tacky and the effort to try and create a Disney-like experience has added to the terrible experience. It is not a South African wildlife experience. With Madagascar lemurs, Bengal tigers and Nile crocodiles in captivity there is nothing natural about it. My kids from Canada wanted close encounters with animals and they got that. Perhaps this is where my problem comes in - I love them in their natural habitat where I will avoid close encounters!
I was shocked by the numbers of tour-busses and school children groups visiting the Ranch. To my mind it needs a rethink and a re-imagining.
The on-site restaurant was equally poor as was the guide on out tour. Good to give this one a miss.

Visited August 2014
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cangowranch, Public Relations Manager at Cango Wildlife Ranch, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Dear Visitor,

Although we are grateful that you have taken time to review us, we are undoubtedly disheartened by your opinion of our facility. We have no intention of creating a ‘Disney-like’ experience as we take enormous pride in being unique facility. You state that had a ‘terrible experience’ - I would be very grateful if you could make contact with us in order to further elaborate as we seldom have complaints as such. We are always open to comments and suggestions as we continuously strive to improve our product, and can only do so with the constructive feedback from visitors. Furthermore I would very much like to find out who your guide was, and would be grateful for further expansion on your restaurant experience.

In addition I would like to take this opportunity to state that we do not claim to be a ‘South African wildlife experience’. We are an internationally accredited eco-tourism facility which is first and foremost a zoological institution, whilst incorporating a number of other unique facets such as our conservation branch and volunteer program to mention a few.

As mentioned we are an accredited institution. This internationally recognised accreditation awarded by the African Association of Zoos & Aquaria (PAAZAB) has only been awarded to 6 facilities in the whole of Africa. Alongside this award is our membership of the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria (WAZA) and which is by invitation only. Representing the top 300 organisations worldwide, we are one of only 6 members in the whole of Africa to have been invited to join.

On that note, we house species from around the world as we try to educate people on the plight of endangered animals on an international level. In addition, there are a number of people who will never have the opportunity to travel the world and see many of the species. Alternatively international guests often learn a thing or two on guided tours, about species native to their own countries. We pride ourselves in the variety of species that we house, if for no other reason, that we can share them with over 40 000 school children per annum. We house in excess of 90 species who are fundamentally crucial to our schooling education program. We have teachers who have been bringing children to us for over 25 years, and as a facility we feel it is an honour to be able to provide preservation insight to all these children for a large variety of animals. So quite simply there are often school children, buses and tour groups at our establishment, offering us the wonderful opportunity to share animal and environmental awareness through our specialised education platforms.

We truly understand your views on observing animals in the wild, as that is quite literally the ideal situation. However animal species and environments are being destroyed before our very eyes whether it is by slash-and-burn, poaching, the bushmeat crisis or simply land developments and farming – these are just a few of the issues that species face in their ever-decreasing environments. This is what we teach people. We shed light on these issues through the connections created when people see these animals. People often only tend to care about that which they see. Our endangered species breeding programs, guided tours, internships, encounter programs, on-going conservation work and contributions, and preservation foundation are just a few of the things that separate us from the rest. My point is, just as such Wildlife Reserves have ‘a place’ and a function, so to do facilities such as ours.

Furthermore, we have a full-time volunteer program where they focus mainly on enrichment to mentally and physically stimulate all of our captive animals by enhancing their enclosures with activities that encourage natural and instinctive behaviour. This is fundamental in healthy and happy animals. We recently attended the International Enrichment Conference where we received the latest training in improving lifestyle for in-situ animals.

I truly hope that this sheds some light on some of your concerns and opinions. We are always open to queries as well as suggestions.

May you and your family have a wonderful holiday further.

Kind regards,

Tammy Moult
Public Relations Officer
Cango Wildlife Ranch
pro@cango.co.za
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Exhilariting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

This was the highlight of our day. We opted for the adventure package where you get to touch and pet the animals. The staff is very good. A very important point is for people to tip the staff not only at this ranch, but wherever you go in South Africa. Staff make peanuts and everyone needs to be able to put food on the table.

Visited August 2014
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cangowranch, Public Relations Manager at Cango Wildlife Ranch, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Dear visitor

Thank you for reviewing our facility!

We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your visited at the Ranch. Please visit us again in the near future when you are in the area.

Hope to see you soon!

Kind regards,
Tammy Moult
Tourism Manager
pro@cango.co.za
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