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Address: Clifton Game Farm, Cradock 5880, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 48 881 2814
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Conservation centre for the indigneous small cats of Africa. See and learn...

Conservation centre for the indigneous small cats of Africa. See and learn about the CITIES Appendix I Blackfooted Cat (aka small spotted cat), African wild cat, Serval and Caracal. Informative fully guided tours have to be prebooked. We are involved in education, conservation and research of these species.

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Very educational and engaging

It's fun to get so close to such amazing and beautiful animals, and watch them interacting with each other and many of the stimuli provided. The work being done there seems to be... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
cpetrizzo
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Broomfield, Colorado
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Broomfield, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's fun to get so close to such amazing and beautiful animals, and watch them interacting with each other and many of the stimuli provided. The work being done there seems to be a "good thing" e.g. not being raised to be shot, or as pets. The animals really are being cared for in the name of conservation, and this... More 

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Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

I was hunting on Richard & Marion's property, and we went with Marion one afternoon when she feed the cats. Marion was very knowledgable about the cats, and we could tell she really cared about the work they are doing there. The information she covered was very interesting.

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Thank Adam T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

While traveling through the East Cape, I came upon the Cat Conservancy in Cradock SA. This aroused an interest within, so my friend and I arranged a tour of the facility. We were greeted by Marion Holmes, who runs the program. She gave us an extensive tour and we learned so much about these smaller forgotten, but vital African cat... More 

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Thank Mike G
Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015

This is a wonderful place to be. Far away from all the hazzle you will find Marion and her little african wildcats. Marion is a great source of information about these endangered species. Don't miss the feeding in the afternoon. Here you will see how much Marion loves all the animals and you can get informations about every single cat... More 

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Graaff-Reinet, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2015

The cat conservation trust or also known as Karoo Cats is a project/sanctuary where people care about the smaller things in live. I have been more then one occasion at the cat conservation trust and also was fortunate to be involved in some release/re-location projects with them. The difference between the cat conservation trust and other wildlife projects/sanctuary is that... More 

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2015

We visited the centre only for one day. Wish we had more time but it was enough to see that Marion looks after these wonderful cats very well and they look happy in their natural decorated enclosures. The little wild cat kittens and the servals were my favourite. Thank you for the great hospitality. Will come again soon.

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2015

If you want to witness true conservation efforts this is the project to visit. The team have poured their heart and soul into this and for genuine reasons. There are no bells and whistles or big funders just real down to earth grass roots work going on here. Most people have never heard of the black footed cat, here is... More 

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Wolfsburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2015

If you want to learn more about the smaller cats – this is the place to go. No touching of animals allowed. The information you walk away with about these cats is fascinating. After a visit to the Cat Conservation Trust, I have an understanding of the problems these little predators face. Not often seen, it was wonderful to watch... More 

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Mossel Bay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2015

if you really love cats then this is a fascinating trip. Marion Holmes who owns and runs it really cares for the cats and yet she is breeding them to release their kittens into the wild places where they should be- and so she does not keep them as pets. Marion is very kind with all the info she gives... More 

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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

Oh the pleasure of having a wild African Wild Cat sniff your boots and brush up against your leg! Not to mention the delight in giving a Serval a scratch and playing stick with her! These are almost unimaginable experiences that are enjoyed at the Cat Conservation Trust. Be sure to participate in their Cat Tour with Marion for a... More 

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