If you’d like to see the world’s fastest land animal in the flesh, here are the top five places to spot a cheetah in East and Southern Africa.
Okonjima Lodge and Africat foundation, Namibia
This beautifully furnished lodge in Namibia is also the location for the Africat foundation and has an interesting backstory to say the least. The Hanssen family has a long history in the cattle farming industry until they realized the importance of conservation and tourism. So they opted to work with local farmers to help save certain carnivorous animals such as the leopard and cheetah. Visit their website for more.
Camp Kwando, Namibia
Situated on the Kwando River (Zambezi Region – Caprivi, Namibia) is this great accommodation facility which also offers extensive game drives for which cheetahs could very well be spotted.
The cheetah is widely considered to be an elusive animal with sightings becoming rarer as the years pass by and numbers dwindle. However experts on the subject of wildlife watching rate this place as a prime location to view the famed and majestic cheetah, for more information visit their website.
It’s believed that the Serengeti in Tanzania is an amazing location in which to see many big cats in their natural habitat including the charismatic cheetah. This is also due to the great migration which sees literally millions of the wildebeest migrating on mass attracting various varieties of wildlife.
This is a natural phenomenon not to be missed and something that is unique to the Serengeti, this helps attract cheetahs to the area. You might even get a little bit more then you asked for as depicted in this article, which was published off The Telegraph's travel section where a group of cheetahs became a little too comfortable with some international travelers on their honeymoon.
Cheetah Conservation Project Zimbabwe
The purpose of this conservation project in Zimbabwe is to help in cheetah conservation. A few years ago Dr. Esther van der Meer and Hans Dullemont realized that there was no concrete information on the distribution of cheetahs in Zimbabwe.
Today they are doing great work in the region working and educating local Zimbabwean students to get involved with their efforts of finding out more about this endangered creature. Visit their website to see how you can get involved in their important work.
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
This iconic and sought after game reserve in Kenya is considered to be one of the leading destinations to see cheetahs in their natural habitat.
It’s also home of the Mara Cheetah Project whose mandate is cheetah conservation in the Greater Mara Ecosystem. Visit their Facebook page to see how you can get involved.