The Valley of the Kings – Private Game & Nature Reserves are unique eco-tourism properties which combines wildlife sanctuaries with breath-taking and World Class retreats in the heart of the Southern Africa bush.
The Valley of the Kings currently comprises renowned luxury African Safari destinations with rights to over more than 2 million hectares of pristine African Big 5 country.
- Valley of the Kings Great Marico
The Valley of the Kings Great Marico comprises 3 000 hectares of Big 5 african bush in the North West province of South Africa with the second oldest ruins identified in Africa situated on this very fine peace of wildlife habitat.
- Valley of the Kings Thabazimbi (Thaba Motswere)
The Valley of the Kings Thabazimbi comprises 3 800 hectares of pristine african bush in the Limpopo province of South Africa with a R 60 Million private 5 Star lodge and intensive exotic game breeding facilities where the Sable, Roan and Buffalo are bred.
We have chosen the King Cheetah as the focus point of our logo, as this animal is currently considered Endangered in Appendix 1 to the Conservation Of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
The word “Cheetah” is derived from the Hindi word “Chita” meaning “spotted one”. The Cheetah is the fastest land animal reaching speeds of 45 – 70 mph. Cheetahs have been considered throughout history to be a sleek and beautiful cat.
Cheetahs have been in captivity for over 5,000 years and were first tamed by the Sumerians. By far the Cheetah has been considered the easiest of the exotic cats to tame. The Cheetah was used as a hunting partner for sport in Asia prior to Assyrian Dynasty in Libya, during the reign of the Pharaohs (Kings). Their keen eyesight played a major role, which aided in the hunt.
Cheetahs have also been pets to many people dating back to such historical figures as Gengis Khan and Akbar the Great of India and Mogul Emperor. Akbar (1555-1600 AD) had a collection of an estimated 6,000 Cheetah, which only produced one litter each year.
The King Cheetah originated from Central Africa, where they were used for hunting. These Cheetahs were part of a breeding program to acquire genetic mutations. The King Cheetah has a fur pattern mutation, which turned the small rounded spots into large connected black patches. This African Cheetah can only be found naturally in Zimbabwe and South Africa Limpopo Province providing that both of the parents carry the recessive gene.