Tiger Canyon, one of the most unusual wildlife and safari parks in the world – it has the only expanding population of wild tigers outside of Asia – offers a unique experience to get up close to wild tigers and cheetahs. Situated near Philippolis in the Karoo, Tiger Canyon is distinctly different – the solar-powered lodge on the lip of a spectacular canyon, the drives in the reserve with the guides, the vistas, the surreal spirituality, the stars, its golden hour for photography, and the personal touch.

Tiger Canyon is working to preserve Asia’s most endangered big cat, the tiger, and Africa’s most endangered big cat, the cheetah.

Although wild, these cheetahs are habituated to humans, allowing a close-up view, in what is an adrenaline-filled experience.


Tigers are one of the most endangered species in the world, with fewer than 4 000 wild tigers left. Tiger Canyon’s expanding population of wild tigers is a revolutionary safeguard to ensure the survival of this iconic species. The reserve is also home to the only wild white tigers on the planet.

A beautiful tiger resting in the canyon.

Tigers roam the reserve and are given the freedom to enjoy their lives and fulfill their natural instincts.


Highly endangered, cheetahs are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, with only around 6 500 adults left in the world. At Tiger Canyon – which is home to the first free-roaming cheetahs in the Free State for more than 100 years – cheetahs are given the freedom to roam and hunt prey, and are able to breed well, which captive-born cheetahs struggle to do. While wild, the cheetahs are habituated to humans, so it’s possible to approach them on foot.

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A cheetah cub with an ostrich feather. These beautiful animals are given a safe space to thrive and roam free.

A cheetah on the lookout. Cheetahs are on the IUCN Red List for endangered animals, with about 6 500 adults left in the world.

Setting up drinks and snacks during one of the guided drives offered by Tiger Canyon. This is a great way to immerse yourself in the experience while enjoying the beautiful Karoo landscape.

A white tiger roaming in the canyon. The tigers at Tiger Canyon adapt well to the Karoo conditions and can thrive. They are surprisingly well camouflaged in the African landscape.

South Africa’s national bird, the blue crane, is one of the various bird species at Tiger Canyon. The reserve is home to many species of birds and wildlife.

A cheetah in golden hour, pictured on one of the guided drives. Cheetahs are given a chance to roam free at Tiger Canyon while breeding successfully, as opposed to being captive-born.

With fewer than 4 000 tigers left on the planet, Tiger Canyon is critical in ensuring the survival of the species.

Blue korhaans or blue bustards (Eupodotis caerulescens) are a Karoo special you might be lucky enough to see at Tiger Canyon. They are a near threatened grassland species that only occur in South Africa and Lesotho.