Tiger Canyon is a pristine reserve that nestles on the banks of the Vanderkloof Dam in the Great Karoo.
Tiger Canyon is a privately owned reserve that was established by conservationist John Varty, who in the year 2000 purchased two zoo-born tiger cubs and started the project of rewilding the two cubs, Julie and Ron. With less than 4000 wild tigers left in the world, it was imperative that John Varty succeed in this project and he most certainly did. The reserve is now home to 17 wild tigers, including three white tigers, offering travellers unforgettable encounters with wild tigers outside of Asia.
The tigers are thriving on their own on the reserve - playing, reproducing and hunting as wild tigers do. The reserve is home to four generations of wild tigers and the only white tigers in the world.
Tiger Canyon is home to an abundance of fascinating wildlife; including aardvark, aardwolf, serval, bat-eared foxes, Cape foxes, grey mongeese, springboks and wild horses. The reserve’s diverse landscape supports various migrant and resident bird species to be seen, including the Blue Crane, African Shell Duck, Kingfisher, African Fish Eagle, the Lark Complex, Whydah, Secretary Bird, and Ostrich.
The Free State Province once had cheetah roaming the lands but due to the encroachment of sheep farming, the cheetah population diminished rather quickly. But now for the first time in 100 years, cheetah have been reintroduced into the area and are thriving within the Tiger Canyon Reserve.
Nestled on the edge of a magnificent rock canyon is the private Tiger Canyon Lodge. With only three guest suites, the lodge is a great choice for small groups and families who are looking for an exclusive getaway. Campfires, outdoor dining and personalized service are all part of the experience at Tiger Canyon Lodge.
Twice daily game drives are conducted from closed game-viewing vehicles and led by professional guides. Night drives are also available to guests and offer an opportunity to spot those fascinating nocturnal species. It is highly unlikely for visitors to leave Tiger Canyon without a camera full of incredible snapshots.