We currently have 17 tigers roaming wild and free at Tiger Canyon.
We aim to see tigers on every safari we do! And we (almost) always do.
We aim to see the cheetahs every time we go out on safari and we (almost) always see them!
No. All our animals are wild and free-roaming. We try to interfere with the animals as little as possible to let them live a wild an natural life. Our vehicles are enclosed to protect from the elements, like the sun, the rain – and of course – the tigers.
Yes absolutely! We are mostly a photographic destination.
There is no hiking allowed in the predator areas, but we do have non-predator areas were hiking is possible. Our hiking trails in the canyon are coming soon!
There is a private airport at the Gariep Dam (just less than 2 hours away); the closest international airport is in Bloemfontein, which is two and a half hours from the reserve.
Tigers are carnivores: their favourite prey is warthog and impala, but a tiger will eat anything it can catch!
Cheetahs are carnivores: their favourite prey is warthog and springbuck, but a cheetah will eat anything it catches!
No, we try to interfere as little as possible. The only time the animals will have human contact is during necessary medical procedures.
There are only 3890 tigers left in the wild.
Tiger Canyon is situated in the False Karoo, which means it is situated in the grassland habitat, therefore it is able to support large quantities of prey species. On this section of the Southern Free State, along the Orange River, the landscape is filled with deep ravines, treed gully’s, rocky outcrops and a balance between open grassland plains for prey species to be able to breed and feed out of reach of the tigers, but yet, it has the cover required for the tigers to co-exist. There is only 26 people per square kilometer in the Free State, which ensures the tigers will not have to compete with humans for space.
In this section of the False Karoo – where Tiger Canyon is located – there are many overlapping bird ranges. Therefore, species located within the Karoo, grasslands or aquatic environment can be found here. There are large populations of birds endemic to the Karoo such as the Lark complex and Blue Cranes.
We have reintroduced all our wildlife prey species, as prior to it being used for wildlife, it was all agricultural land. This includes red hartebeest, blesbok, springbok, mountain rhebuck, wildebeest, kudu, eland and zebra.
The Karoo itself is host to many famous medicinal plants that have been used for centuries by the San and Khoi-Khoi people; plants such as the bushmans poisonous bulb, wild rosemary, wild lavender, Gannabos, verpis, mountain karee, kunibush, milk-bush, bitter apple and wild poisonous gooseberries. Many of these plants are frost hardy and allow perfect cover throughout the cold winters for the wild selection of animals found at Tiger Canyon.