Come face-to-face with some of Africa's most majestic animals

Extend your visit with us


Stay in one of our three homely cottages. Watch the animals roam and hear the lions roar from your veranda.

Experience once in a lifetime


Our tours are tailored to your request and can range from walking tours to full predator interaction tours.
Luke and lion at Cornell Skop
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Cornell Skop provides a home for many animals rescued from hunting farms and rehab.

About Us

Cornell Skop has been home to to professional animal wrangler, Luke Cornell, since 2007. The I40ha farm on the Van der Stel Pass in Bot River is a tranquil location which Luke has carefully developed over the years in order to create the best possible environment for all the animals in his care.

The majority of the animals on the farm are rehab animals and many have been rescued from hunting farms. You might even spot some of them on screen too as many of them work in TV and movie production.


On a typical visit you can look forward to seeing a whole plethora of different animals ranging from big cats to farmyard favourites. There are fantastic opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals. Some you can pet and touch. These encounters make for unique photographic spectacles and once-in-a-lifetime memories.

As well as experiencing the animals, Cornell Skop farm has some beautiful trails to explore – perfect for an escape in nature.

Look out for

Lions • Cheetahs • Caracal / Lynx • Serval • Ostriches • Zebra • Baboon
Fallow deer • Raccoons • Monkey • Snakes • Eland • Water buffalo

Plus a full farmyard menagerie!




  • Duration 1.5-2hrs
  • Walk in with male cheetahs & adult servals
  • Walk past adult lions
  • Walk amongst the farm animals, goats, deer & sheep
  • Ride on a zebra



  • Includes all walking tour elements
  • PLUS
  • The unique chance to accompany the cheetahs out on their daily run
  • Close up lion photographic opportunities at the lapa


Extend your visit into a country getaway?

We are just 10 minutes drive from the village of Bot River which has some excellent little eateries and wine farms. If you want to go whale watching, Hermanus is just 30km drive away drive away and it’s a 90 minute journey to reach the sites and sounds of Cape Town.

Of course, you may just prefer to kick back and chill out in the peace and quiet of the farm!

We have three, homely options for self-catering accommodation: Choose the main house which has a pool and sleeps up to 14, the double cottage which sleeps six or the single which sleeps three.

Pets are most welcome – each house has a fence around to keep them safe!

All bookings are managed through our Airbnb listings.



Contact Us

We’d love to hear from you!

For any enquiries or bookings please contact us on the form below
or call us on +27 (0)79 065 0217 or +27 (0)82 881 3870

Find Us

You can find us at:

Cornell Skop Farm (Union Pictures), Van der Stel Pass, Bot River, Western Cape, SOUTH AFRICA.