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“Well worth the visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cheetah Conservation Fund

Cheetah Conservation Fund
Otjiwarongo, Namibia
+264 (0) 67 306 225
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Type: Educational Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: A unique opportunity to experience conservation in action! CCF is the global leader in cheetah research, conservation and education. Its Centre, 44 kms east of Otjiwarongo, is open to the public all year round (8 am-5pm) except Christmas. CCF works to keep cheetahs in the wild and educate the public. However, it provides sanctuary to injured or orphaned cheetahs, many of which cannot be released back in to the wild. Learn about the cheetah's plight, watch them being fed or exercised at high speeds, meet some of our scientists. Our Model Farm teaches farmers how to co-exist with predators. Visitors can meet some of CCF's Livestock Guarding Dogs and their flocks of sheep and goats. You can also try our home-made goat-milk cheese, ice cream or fudge at the Cheetah Cafe. Limited luxury accommodations and camping are available.
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“Well worth the visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Glad we visited the CCF staff very informative and knowledgeable learnt a lot about this incredible animal. Great to see them close up watched them being fed which gave us an opportunity to ask questions and understand the concept of this centre.

Visited February 2013
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cheetahconservation, Public Relations Manager at Cheetah Conservation Fund, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Dear Tingleig, we are so pleased to know that you enjoyed your visit and that you were able to learn more about the endangered cheetah. Please come back and tell your friends to visit!
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Amazing and Educational Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

If you want to learn about the fastest land mammal, visit this extraordinary refuge and support the great work being done by the volunteers and staff to save the Cheetah. We spent two days visiting the site and met volunteers from around the world who come to help with Cheetah conservation and education. You can watch the feedings of the young cheetahs, visit those nearly ready for reintroduction to the wild, and just enjoy watching these magnificent animals. If you can, pay for the extra opportunities to see the animals up close. We threw meat to racing cheetahs from the back of a speeding pick-up truck as the naturalist prepared them to hunt for their food. We also got to meet the cheetah ambassadors and to visit the genetics labs--both were informative and wonderful experiences. The staff are so dedicated and their enthusiasm is infectuous. The CCF is funded by contributions from people who are interested in seeing these wonderful animals survive. Once you visit the CCF, you'll want to make a contribution, I promise!

Visited September 2012
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cheetahconservation, Public Relations Manager at Cheetah Conservation Fund, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Thank you so much for your very informative review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit with us!
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Zurich, Switzerland
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“A very interesting project and worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

It is not a zoo, it's a non-profit experiment saving cheetahs cubs who have been made orphans by the killing of their mother by an other animal.

Visited December 2012
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cheetahconservation, Public Relations Manager at Cheetah Conservation Fund, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Thank you so much for your valuable review.
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Ranst, Belgium
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“Learn more about this unique cat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We were ignorent about these animals. The run of young cheeta's at 8 o'clock in de morning gives the best photo's of your trip in Namibia. The guides learn you so much about the conservation of this wild cat. This is a must!

Visited November 2012
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cheetahconservation, Public Relations Manager at Cheetah Conservation Fund, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit!
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Windhoek, Namibia
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“CCF revisited”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We had been here before and this time we wanted to see something new - the Cheetah run.
From our e-mail contact we learned that it could not be done on Sundays... But as we arrived we heard that sure we could, just phone us! So - don't trust your e-mail. Phone!
So what we did was the "Eland Drive". Last time we loved it. We had a truly enthusiastic driver called Charles who gave us a fantastic drive. This time, with another driver, it was more disappointing. The cheetahs looked sad and dusty and nothing was done to cheer them up... Still, I guess if it would have been a first time we would have been happy. The Eland Drive is a very good chance to get close and take nice photos.
This time we also did something we missed before - the cheetah museum. Big and interesting and for all ages. Don't miss it!
And, we will be be back another time to see the cheetahs run. But we will call first, perhaps even ask for Charles, our favorite guide!

Visited October 2012
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cheetahconservation, Public Relations Manager at Cheetah Conservation Fund, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Dear Anders,

Thanks for writing and for your very constructive criticism. We are sorry your experience was not as good as the first one, but hope that your next visit will be. Do you remember who your guide was? We are open on Sundays and we strive to provide the best service, however, our staff gets rotated so they can have a Sunday off from time to time, so that might be the reason why Charles was not your guide this time.

Also, please know that all the activities we offer at CCF can be pre-booked for any day of the week, all year round except Christmas day if you give us a call. E-mail works out too, and it might be that the person who replied to you might have not clarified that perhaps that specific Sunday the run could not be scheduled (runs are scheduled based on weather, cheetahs' "mood" and the right staff being on duty).

Thanks again, and please feel free to write directly to us at info (at) cheetah dot org if we can be of further assistance,

Patricia Tricorache
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