Forget Shark Cage Diving, the ultimate thrill has just been launched as a world
first – Croc Cage Diving with 4 meter man-eating monsters!
Cango Wildlife Ranch
in Oudtshoorn has begun offering this experience to its visitors in time for the
Croc Cage Diving is the brainchild of Managing Director, Andrew Eriksen and as
he explains it is based on the same principle as shark cage diving the main
difference being that crocodiles see man as their natural prey, while sharks
generally tend to treat humans with disdain. Brave visitors, 12 years and
older, are lowered in a specially designed croc-proof cage into a crystal clear
heated crocodile pool inhabited by five 4 meter Nile crocodiles. To make it
accessible to all the Ranch’s visitors, divers dive with goggles and snorkels so
that no scuba gear is needed. To prove that those brave enough have actually
completed their dive, they are rewarded with an underwater photograph of
themselves surrounded by carnivores.
Special consideration and planning went into creating the dive cage and crane
system as crocodiles are incredibly powerful having a bite pressure of just over
2 tons per square inch whereas the Great White shark can only apply a pressure
of about 500kg. Additionally, due to their man-eating habits the crocodiles
spend their time sizing the cage diver up as a potential meal, so Croc Cage
Diving is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Croc Cage Diving is part of the new Valley of Ancients development which
commended in March this year and was completed at the end of November. As the
second largest tourist attraction in the Southern Cape, the Ranch has embarked
on an ambitious R10 million revamp which will be phased in over the next 5
The launch of the all-new Valley of Ancients took place on 1 December 2005 with
a gala event and of course Croc Cage Diving. Celebrity guests including Brendan
Jack of Crazy Monkey fame successfully completed the first Croc Cage Dives ever.
The new development now incorporates a guided tour where your are invited to re-
discover the secret paradise of the Valley of Ancients as you are transported
back in time to when the earth was young, the ancients ruled and man and reptile
were on equal footing.
Exotic Madagascar is your first stop where you have the privilege of spotting
the rare ring-tailed lemur, sharing their habitat with pretty pink flamingos at
Lemur Island. Vundu’s fine eats offer thirsty explorers delicious take-aways
and drinks before you venture into Snapper Gorge. Brave visitors are invited to
cross Snapper Gorge via a hang bridge suspended over the dreaded Croc Cage pool
where 4-meter Nile crocodiles have taken up residency. This Gorge is also the
only place in the world where you will have the thrilling opportunity of meeting
these super predators face to face during a Croc Cage dive. Survivors receive a
photo folder of their close encounter after the dive as proof of their bravery.
Continuing your journey you will stumble upon a Pygmy Village and be enticed
into the heart of Africa where the impact of the indigenous Pygmy people on the
Pygmy Hippos is evidenced. Following the trail past frolicking spotted neck
otters and memorable Marabou Storks you will gasp at the sheer power of
crocodiles and the bravery of the guides as these mighty beasts are encouraged
to leap for their lunch at the Jumping Jaws pool.
The ever-popular Cheetahland now includes the only white tiger demonstrations on
the African continent. Feel your skin break out in goose bumps as you witness
the fascinating bond between the trainers and their rare white Bengal tigers
during the Tiger Encounter Demonstration.
The Cango Wildlife Ranch has instigated a totally new phase in interactive
tourism. Guests to the Ranch are invited to take part in our Supernatural
Encounter Program that offers visitors the chance of a lifetime to interact with
cheetahs, tigers, crocodiles and reptiles of all shapes and sizes (terms and
Cango Wildlife Ranch and the Valley of Ancients – for sheer thrills!
WET YOUR PANTS – WE DARE YOU!!
Phase One of Valley of Ancients is a remarkable feat not only for the Cango
Wildlife Ranch but also for the tourism industry as a whole and most facilities
would be satisfied with such an accomplishment, not Cango though. Construction
of Phase Two of VOA will start in January 2006 and will include an underwater
viewing tunnel, tropical mangrove jungle, water life show, a tiger auditorium,
walkthrough aviaries and more endangered big cats.
Over the following five years the Cango Wildlife Ranch will receive the most
dramatic facelift any local tourist attraction has ever undergone. Apart from
Valley of Ancients the Ranch will have three restaurants and the current Turtles
Restaurant will triple in size. A fast food venue for children as well as an
interactive children’s playground are in the pipeline. Our tiger exhibit will
be undergoing a metamorphosis into an Indian temple and pavilion for visitors to
enjoy our Tiger Encounters.
Valley of Ancients and the new developments at the Cango Wildlife Ranch is one
of the biggest tourist investments ever made in the town of Oudtshoorn. Our
developments will not only increase the number of tourists to our town but are
also creating much needed and sustainable job opportunities for the people of
Source: Cango Wildlife Ranch
Article Date: 7 December 2005