The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre is situated in the Magaliesberg mountains. This centre is a captive breeding facility for cheetahs and other animals. On this cheetah tour you will come up close and personal with the fastest land animal the "cheetah." An animal that can accelerate faster than a sportscar. Learn more about the lappet faced vulture, wild dog's, serval, cheetah and other animals on an open vehicle game drive with sight specific guides. The cheetah run needs to be specially pre booked and is only in the mornings. Their paws have semi-retractable claws, which provides extra grip in high speed chases. The ligament structure of the cheetah's claws is the same as those of other cats; it simply lacks the sheath of skin and fur present in other varieties, and therefore, with the exception of the dewclaw, the claws are always visible. Their dewclaws are much shorter.
They have large nostrils that helps increase oxygen intake, and an enlarged heart and lungs that work together to circulate oxygen efficiently. During a typical chase, its respiratory rate increases from 60 to 150 breaths per minute. While running, in addition to having good traction due to its semi-retractable claws, the cheetah uses its tail as a rudder-like means of steering to allow it to make sharp turns, necessary to outflank prey animals that often make such turns to escape. One thing that makes cheetah's interesting is that they purr just like ordinary cats, and they cannot roar. They are normally solitary. Males will sometimes live with brothers but females are normally solitary. Pick up for this tour anywhere in Johannesburg or Pretoria. This is an excellent venue to visit for someone looking for safaris near johannesburg.