Celebrity cheetah is prime draw at South African game park

Go to Kragga Kamma – and visit Duma the movie star cheetah

By Tracy Hancock and Shafeeka Abrahams

If you’re tired of relaxing on the beach and want to do something a little more adventurous, take a walk on the wild side at the Kragga Kamma Game Park in Port Elizabeth.

The park is home to a famous cheetah called Duma who starred in a Warner Brothers’ production of the same name.

Cheetah territory is accessed by walking across a river on a wooden suspension bridge.

A couple of squeaky steps and the cats soon know they have visitors, calmly prowling around as if to say: “Back off, this is my space.”

The bridge also leads to a monkey walk. Monkeys are sometimes a light snack for a cheetah on the run.

Visitors can also go on selfdrives or game drives and stop within metres of the two hefty resident rhinos, Bulla and Bella, which cost a whopping R150 000 each.

Owner Garnett Cantor‘s 4×4 shows obvious signs of a rumble with a rhino, but all safety precautions are taken to ensure that guests are always safe.

Cantor is a self-proclaimed “bunny hugger” who has been in the game industry for 34 years.

The park has about 400 animals and 13 different species.

“Our vegetation is so good that we can carry a lot of game because of the abundant food supply when it comes to grazing,” Cantor said.

For wild times at the Kragga Kamma Game Park phone 041- 379 4195 or 083-410 2883.

Entry is R35 for adults, R15 for pupils, and pre-schoolers go in free.




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