Cheetah Outreach - Somerset West

Cheetah Outreach - Somerset West

Cheetah Outreach - Somerset West
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Cheetah Outreach is an education and community-based programme created to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and to campaign for its survival.Cheetah Outreach is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year to the public. We are open from 9h30 to 17h00. You do not need to make a booking to visit the facility. We charge an entry fee of R10 on weekdays and R5 on weekends and public and school holidays. Adult cheetah encounters take place from 10h00 to 13h00 and from 14h00 to 17h00.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Jet712493
    Belfast, United Kingdom43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cheetah Outreach -
    This was an amazing experience - a must do if in Cape Town. Approx 30 mins outside Cape town. The cheetahs are not rescues but are hand raised as Ambassadors and to promote the project to halt the decline in Cheetah numbers by breeding Anatolyan shepherd dogs which are Supplied free of charge to farmers for the first year and they are sent at a young age in order to bond with the livestock, the end result is that the dogs presence will discourage cheetahs from poaching the live stock and ultimately the farmers refrain from killing the livestock. The rangers and volunteers are so passionate about all of the animals at the sanctuary and it makes for a truly once in a lifetime experience to spend some time up close with these magnificent animals . I spent almost an hour with the beautiful Tinashe.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Didi P
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting!
    I did the Special Cheetah Experience... & it was fantastic! It's a bit of a distance from Cape Town, but still worth it. Lots of great info, many fantastic animals... & the people who work there are informative & friendly. Worth visiting!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 28, 2023
  • glennpacc
    41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique opportunity to interact with a cheetah
    Really uplifting way to spend an hour - worth the drive from Cape Town. A unique opportunity to learn about cheetah conservation from caring informative staff. A really inexpensive way to pet and to interact with a cheetah - they called it LOL a "cheetah massage". Not sure that you need the VIP experience. We got the much lower price experience where we were able to walk into the cheetah enclosure with several trainers and interact a bit with and pet the cheetah. While this was perhaps only for 5 or 10 minutes, not sure that being there for a half hour would be necessary. A lot of emphasis was put on the proper care and treatment of the cheetah which was very nice. A nice opportunity to view some of the other animals at the center like a variety of foxes and several other animals unique to this part of the land. Very happy we made the stop. Absolutely recommend.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 6, 2023
  • Curt S
    Lisbon, Portugal11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Cheetah experience.
    Really great place to visit. It provides an opportunity to learn about cheetahs and to interact with them. It was wonderful to be able to touch the cheetahs and to learn about conservation efforts. One slight disappoint was that some of the publicity we saw showed baby cheetahs, but there are no baby cheetahs at the center.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 13, 2023
  • JAYNE S
    Harrogate, United Kingdom42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A one on one chance to meet a cheetah!
    We booked a VIP visit which allowed us private access to meet the cheetah, Romeo. The staff were amazing and very knowledgeable and were able to explain in great details the conservation project and educational side of the outreach. We were also lucky enough to have a personal guided tour of the reserve and learn more about the other animals at the reserve.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 26, 2024
  • Chris White Shark
    Greater London, United Kingdom174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Close cheetah encounter
    The cheetah outreach is about an hours drive from Cape Town city. Located near a golf course in Somerset W. Visit and see rescued cheetah boys, foxes, servals and crazy meerkat. Book the cheetah experience and join the very professional and knowledgeable staff in an enclosure where you can have a close encounter with one of the magnificent cheetahs. Help savings these beautiful cats!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 2, 2024
  • happytwinsmom
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Legitimate Outreach Center-Once in a lifetime experience.
    My husband and I did a VIP Private Cheetah Encounter today. A group of incredibly knowledgeable and caring women facilitated this for us. Under careful supervision we were allowed to pet the Cheetah’s back as the staff took numerous photos and videos with our phone. During this time, the other staff members provided us with countless interesting cheetah facts and tidbits. The people that work and volunteer here truly have the best interests of all the animals at heart. Their goals are to protect all of these majestic animals. If you have any hesitation on whether this place is a legitimate outreach program, rest assured that it most certainly is. If I didn’t live so far away I would LOVE to volunteer here. Needless to say, I HIGHLY recommend it! Is about 40 minutes outside of Cape Town so you’ll need to schedule an uber for pick up ,hire a driver or rent a car to get there.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 28, 2024
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Andreas S
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
Having been to Spier many years before we took our friends to the Cheetah Outreach which had moved more than 10yrs from Spier to the new facility. The new facility did not look too good - according tonten friendly staff all animals need to move to new enclosures because of reconstruction.
Already the waiting time to pay entrance fee was chaos, credit card machine was not working! Then we were told to walk around the facility (rather small), 1st we got a safety briefing, then started our walk, called back just to be told that we need to wait a little longer for our planed encounter. Finally had our slot for the encounter with a sleeping cheetah who did not move for the whole duration of the photo session.
Was not at all what we expected, had to keep our distance of the animal, no touching at all allowed.
We felt that the staff being friendly but totally overcommitted for caring and organising so many groups/visitors. We hope they will get things right because after the shutdown now is the time to attract visitors but they also need to make the facility look like a real Cheetah Outreach.
Very disappointed
Written April 16, 2022
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CCTSA
18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Please don’t waste your money
Most of the supervisors are volunteers who have little experience other than what they have paid for. The animals are all hand reared and while still beautiful in no way similar to a wild animal. We were ridiculously controlled by an abnormal amount of young volunteer handlers that played with their heads, scratched their ears and during feeding removed their food without any aggressive reaction from the animals.
This is all I hope providing some money towards the preservation of the cheetah but like most charities I felt conned, hope I’m wrong
Written January 16, 2020
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Dominik F
Warrington, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This was my first visit to South Africa, and I visited the Cheetah Outreach Center with a couple of local friends on my second day in the country. It was fascinating and close-up experience with an iconic predator, very interactive and engaging. The cheetah experience exceeded my expectations, I was surprised that we were allowed to actually stroke the cheetah (Tinashe). The staff were very knowledgeable, it was obvious that the cheetah has a strong bond with the main caretaker. The animals appeared well looked after, with various forms of enrichments explained to us in detail.
The work undertaken by the center seems very worthwhile, improving relations between wild cheetahs and farming communities in the north of the country, helping to boost the number of wild cheetahs. I am very happy to recommend this place to anyone visiting the area, it is very much worth your while.
Written December 29, 2022
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Kritika N
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is quite an informative experience about the cheetahs which are now on the endangered list. They have a museum and showcase a video of the background of the organisation and the projects they are involved in to protect the animals, help farmers with their livestock and assist in aiding in education of school children. The animals look well cared for and it is a real beautiful experience to pet the cheetahs. They are completely tame but in their natural habitat and are not forced in any way (i.e: the animals are not drugged like some of the other organisations). Definitely recommend this once in a lifetime experience!
Written February 17, 2020
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Carlos
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Absolutely amazing, to get so close and personal with these predators, you realise that there is a certain vulnerability to them. The sharp claws and teeth are merely a means of protection and that they are such sweet souls. I am not one who agrees with humans intervening with nature, but this sanctuary is a safe haven, a sanctuary that has offered these beings a chance at living out there lives in their natural environment, something that has unfortunately been taken from them, mainly because of people wanting exotic pets and then getting bored. They look happy and so well looked after. To everyone who works here that puts in the time and effort, you should all be proud.
Written November 3, 2020
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LocalWestie
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I went to enquire about I formation for a visit and was left with the only option to "email". These emails get checked twice a week, so don't expect an answer soon. The room was full of guests coming to visit who emailed and booked online, but nobody received their email or booking. The only response they got was "sorry". They didn't have professional people on duty to answer any questions or handle misunderstandings. You can pay though! Pay to go in.

If you want to run a business for 365 days a year, you have to have professional, trained staff on duty, 365 days a year, to answer questions and treat guests kindly.
Written January 5, 2020
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Chris White Shark
Greater London, UK174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The cheetah outreach is about an hours drive from Cape Town city. Located near a golf course in Somerset W.
Visit and see rescued cheetah boys, foxes, servals and crazy meerkat.
Book the cheetah experience and join the very professional and knowledgeable staff in an enclosure where you can have a close encounter with one of the magnificent cheetahs.
Help savings these beautiful cats!
Written February 2, 2024
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PeteD60
Ware, UK2,087 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Reached through a gated housing estate - 10 rand for 2 as entrance fee – we last visited over 10 years ago when my wife stroked a cheetah for her significant birthday - on return it appears little has changed – this time my wife decided against cheetah experience…..

The location is still excellent with the mountains as a backdrop and flamingos in the estuary – but the place felt tired – with animals behaving oddly in their compounds – there was a jackal that kept walking up and down the same route - a cheetah doing the same – the cheetah interaction was still popular….

But overall it felt like an operation in decline – this was not a happy return
Written March 9, 2023
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Chris S
Somerset West33 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Absolute nightmare, firstly the intro video did not work. Three hour wait to stroke a cheetah, short staffed and not a pleasant experience at. We are locals and this is not the way to promote tourism in our area.
Written January 4, 2020
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Clara & Morgan
Vaxholm, Sweden63 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Cheetah Outreach do great things and have multiple programs in place to help endangered animals. They seem to focus more on the animals than the visitors (which is the way it should me), making it something worthy to see but not something everyone would enjoy. We went on a tour but couldn't see most of the animals since they were sleeping or hiding. We saw cheetahs and our guide told us everything we wanted to know about these cool animals. The enterance fee is very cheap.
Written January 19, 2020
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