Welcome to Cango Wildlife Ranch

Our facility has been in existence for 30 years and currently comprises of over 90 different species of animals and 100 full-time staff. We provide guided tours which are fundamental in our education programs, giving each species a voice, and enlightening the public on animal and environmental issues. In order to bring these ‘messages home’ we have enveloped it in a fun and unique setting and proudly see ourselves as one-of-a-kind.

The animals resident at the Cango Wildlife Ranch come from all over the world and are here for a huge variety of reasons. Some of our animals have been rescued from the wild or landed on our doorstep by default. It is heartwarming to see how many concerned animal people you find in everyday living.

We get a huge amount of concerned citizens bringing us injured animals picked up next to the road. These little patients are usually nursed back to health and released back into the wild depending on the nature of their injuries.

Our Unique Attractions:


Get close! Get very close…as you meander on the catwalk over large natural enclosures, which are home to some of the world’s greatest big cats. From the treetop lookout, view the elegant cheetah, mighty lion, breathtaking African leopard and the awesome white Bengal tiger.

Experience the wonder of your own personal encounter with purring hand-reared cheetah and our other large ambassador cats.

Kuranda Forest:

Visit our aviary filled with rainbow colored lorikeets! You also get the chance to purchase nectar and feed these beautiful animals while they make themselves comfortable on your shoulders and head.

Lemur Falls:

Lemur Falls is the only interactive lemur exhibit on the South African continent!!!

The exhibit themed to replicate a Madagascan forest… is entered by crossing a large river teaming with bird life such as spoonbills and whistling ducks – which are native to the exotic island…while volcanic rock waterfalls provide an impressive backdrop to the indigenous Betselio Village bordering the primeval forest. We house 3 species of lemurs, from the ring-tails to the black and white ruffs as well as the inquisitive brown lemurs. We offer you the unique opportunity to be face-to-face with these beautiful and rare primates while our experience department capture this moment on camera for you.

The aim of this exciting development is to continue providing the experience of memorable encounters at the Ranch with unique and endangered animals whilst drawing attention to their plight in the wild of Madagascar. We have also proudly entered into an agreement with the Madagascan Fauna Group – whereby a portion of the funds generated through the lemur encounter programs will be donated to the MFG (Madagascar Fauna Group) to go towards their conservation efforts regarding saving lemurs in Madagascar.

Snake Park:

Slimy, slithering snakes; creatures nightmares are made of; the one animal most people love to hate. But exactly how slimy and scaly are these footless wonders…

Take a walk through our snake park and see a different side to these animals. Learn interesting facts about snakes and where they come from. Walk where most people fear to tread and appreciate the bizarre beauty of these creatures that are so important to our ecosystems.

The Wallaby Walkabout:

Our guests are welcome to come and feed our wallabies. Our curious little wallabies might be shy at first BUT… Give us some food and we will be great friends!

Valley of Ancients:

Our exploration starts in the ruins of The Great Temple… Many years ago an ancient tribe built this temple to protect a hidden valley filled with wondrous animals. Here they performed human sacrifices to the river god Nyami Nyami whose statues still guard the entrance today.

Venture over this deadly gorge via a suspension bridge while 4 meter Nile crocodiles keep a close watch on you from the Cage Diving pool below. It is also here that you are given the only opportunity in the world to get close, very close … to these super predators during a Croc Cage Dive.

Croc Cage diving Encounter:

See these mighty beasts leap for their lunch and stand in awe of the bravery of your guides as they encourage huge Nile crocodiles to take meat from their hands while standing on a moving jetty!

A Little History:

In 1977 the Cango Crocodile Farm was established as South Africa’s first crocodile show farm. The farm was, as the name suggests, a place where crocodiles were bred to be sold. In 1986 a dream was realized when Andrew and Glenn Eriksen purchased the Cango Crocodile Farm.

“The work done at the ranch by our dedicated staff takes on a whole new meaning when you realize that the people involved in saving animals and educating the general public, will never see the result of their work in their lifetime. Never the less, we will keep on doing our best to ensure that extinction becomes just another word in the dictionary and not a reality. We have seen man do terrible things but we also know that man is capable of great things and it is towards greatness that we at the Cango Wildlife Ranch strive.”
~ Andrew Eriksen

Our Purpose:

It is important that we explain our purpose as a facility with regards to our conservation ethics and preservation mission. For that reason as well, we are always open to queries and/or concerns as it provides us with a platform to further expand on what we do.


  • Ensure that all animals in our care receive the highest attainable standards of treatment and safe-guarding
  • Strive to provide the highest level of training to staff in order to achieve standards of excellence in animal welfare
  • Work alongside international professionals to research and record procured data and experience in order to become leaders in animal welfare
  • Create environments that cater for species specific behavioral and physical needs

In doing so we commit to:

  • Sustain a culture of awareness highlighting the importance of premium animal welfare standards among all staff and public visiting
  • Husbandry practices based on a foundation which reflect the high welfare standards of our facility and ultimately contribute to husbandry activities internationally
  • Have staff implement premium welfare standards which are recognized and comply with standards set out by the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria
  • Comply with jurisdictional and national codes of practice, regulations and legislation as well as international treaties relating to animal care and welfare
  • Ensuring that all our animals are treated with the utmost respect at all times whilst additionally providing continuous physical and mental-health simulation to all animals within our care

Get in Touch

Contact Details
Telephone: +27 44 272 5593
Fax: +27 44 272 4167
Email: info@cango.co.za
Website: www.cango.co.za

Opening Hours

We are open from:
Monday – Sunday:
08:30 – 17:00 High Season (Dec – Mar)
08:30 – 16:30 Low Season (Apr– Nov)


Decimal Degrees (WGS84)
Latitude: -33.566288
Longitude: 22.212001

Degrees, Minutes & Seconds
Latitude: S33 33 58
Longitude: E22 12 43

Latitude: S 33 33.977
Longitude: E 22 12.720