Cheetah Conservation Fund

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Cheetah Conservation Fund
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A unique opportunity to experience conservation in action! CCF is the global leader in cheetah research, conservation, and education. Its Centre, 44 km east of Otjiwarongo, is open to the public all year round (8 am - 5 pm) 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 into 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. Cheetah View Lodge and Babson House luxury accommodations available and an educational campsite for school groups available.
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Chris W
Peterborough, UK204 contributions
Informative and educational
Mar 2020
I arrived just before feeding time with the meat (Donkey - I think) portioned out. The keepers were very informative and open to all questions to enhance your experience. The cafe and gift shop were also good and had extra experiences you could do. I did the Cheetah drive which again was very informative and drive through an enclosure observing the cheetahs. I worthwhile experience in the CCF and what they are doing to help and protect this graceful animal.
Written September 21, 2020
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,774 contributions
For Cheetah Lovers
Jul 2019
This is an organisation which is specialised in Cheetah rescue and research in order to prevent this gentle species from extinction. Had a very informative session from the tour conducted around the facility. Also saw some cheetahs onsite.
Written June 2, 2020
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Hello, Thank you very much for your recent visit to CCF, thank you for supporting CCF's 30 years in research, conservation and education programmes to save the cheetah from extinction, and thank you for also spreading the word on the plight of the cheetah. I am so pleased to hear that you had an informative tour around our centre, and were able to see some of the non-releasable cheetahs that reside here, too. All the best to you Tayla Green Guest Experience Coordinator at Cheetah Conservation Fund
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maaalex
Zurich, Switzerland12 contributions
Cheetahs, delicious dinner & super friendly personal
Mar 2020 • Couples
Awesome experience 👏 Cheetah drive, all the explanations and service personal did an great service! We even missed our camp booking and got a lunch voucher for it.
Written March 9, 2020
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Hello to you, Thanks for your wonderful review! Great to hear that you found the cheetah drive activity to be educational and enjoyable, and that you were able to meet some of our friendly staff - hope you enjoyed your lunch at our cafe' - which uses local products, especially goat milk items from our model farm! Take care and thanks again, Tayla Green Guest Experience Coordinator Cheetah Conservation Fund
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Kim Matheus-CBK
Windhoek, Namibia2 contributions
Day Visit
Jul 2019
Very welcoming Staff, educative and great knowledge achieved. it was a great experience for our educational tour with UNAM students, I look forward to go and spend 2 or 3 nights and their lodge.
Written February 20, 2020
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Hello, Thank you for your review. We love having students from UNAM here, thank you for coming along. Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and meeting some of our researchers and other staff members. Look forward to welcoming you back sometime in the future! All the best to you Tayla Green Guest Experience Coordinator
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA5,422 contributions
Nice concept
Oct 2019 • Couples
A cheetah rescue facility.

Not really a zoo but has some similar attributes.

Animals here have generally been rescued and cannot be returned to the wild.

Beautiful animals and you can get very close in the Jeep.

A worthwhile cause and nice place to visit.
Written October 25, 2019
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Hello TAMAN1951, Thanks for the review! We are a research facility that is open to the public, and so we are delighted that you were able to learn about cheetah conservation, as well as see some of our non-releasable cheetahs up close from the safety of the safari vehicle. We are a not-for-profit organisation and so we (and the cheetahs) appreciate your support greatly. Thanks for spreading the word, I hope you enjoy your travels through Namibia. Tayla Green Guest Experience Coordinator Cheetah Conservation Fund
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JaneH
Cape Town78 contributions
A must do trip
Sep 2019 • Family
Really well priced trip. The work these guys do is amazing it really gave us such a buzz to see how 1 person can make such a difference in starting something like this up.

It's run really well, the guides are knowledgeable and the museum is packed with fascinating information.

The restaurant is surprisingly good, we hadn't expected anything so tasty (we had wraps).

We couldn't participate in the cheetah run due to having a 4 yr old with us but we were in time for the feeding which was great to watch.
Written September 16, 2019
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Hello! Thank you for your lovely review. I am glad that your family was able to attend the daily cheetah feeding activity, and that you were able to learn some information about cheetahs and cheetah conservation, from both our education centre and our staff. I've passed on your feedback about our cafe', too! Much of the produce is locally grown or sourced from CCF itself (such as the chevre cheese on the wraps which are made here from the milk of our goats in our Livestock Guarding Dog Programme) - so thank you, this feedback is terrific. Thank you for spreading the word! All the best to you Tayla Green Guest Experience Coordinator Cheetah Conservation Fund
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Linda L
North Vancouver, Canada1,668 contributions
Educational and respectful
Sep 2019 • Couples
We arrived without a reservation and only had to wait for 30 minutes before the next tour. We got into an open Jeep and were taken to the enclosure where the 4 resident cheetahs live. They’re old now so can’t be reintroduced to the wild.

We were fortunate in that we were there for feeding time, so we watched as huge chunks of donkey and horse meat were tossed over the fence into the enclosure where we were with the cheetahs. Once they each retrieved their piece, they carried it off to a spot in the shade where they could devour it at their leisure.

We learned about the CFF’s conservation efforts and I have a lot of respect for what they’re doing. There is a very good museum-type room full of information about cheetahs and other animals in the area. We had lunch there afterwards, which features goat’s cheese made from their goats.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and applaud the CCF for their efforts at saving these beautiful animals.
Written September 16, 2019
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Good day! Wow, what a wonderful review to read. I am delighted to hear that you were able to see Darwin, Livingstone, Polly and Rohini-Talala; four of our resident cheetahs here at CCF. Thank you for sharing some information about your visit to CCF. As you say, some of our non-releasable cheetahs are now older in age, and most of them were rescued when they were only a few weeks or months old. They received special attention and care from our trained keepers and veterinarians, and many of these cheetahs were confiscated or found with illness and injury. These cheetahs are therefor greatly habituated to humans, and as such cannot safely be released into the 'wild'. They do spend much of their time now relaxing, playing and exercising, or feeding (I am glad that you were able to join the feeding time, it's great to watch!), and they are excellent ambassadors to their species, too. It's great to hear that you were able to learn about our conservation mission and our education, research and farmer assistance programmes to save the cheetah from extinction. Thank you for visiting and supporting the cheetahs, your support goes a long way. Tayla Green Guest Experience Coordinator Cheetah Conservation Fund
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Clnspider
Lyon, France34 contributions
Just good
Sep 2019 • Friends
We booked for cheetah run and cheetah drive in the morning. We spend 1100 nad for this activities and we are a little bit disappointed. In fact the cheetahs are running every day at 8am and so used to see the lure that they are not really excited and run only some minutes. The cheetah drive definitely doesn't worth the amount you pay for. You gonna see 4 cheetahs laying on the ground and one dog far away. 30mn for 1100nad. On another hand, what the foundation is doing is really good and helpful for the cheetahs to survive and be still existing in the future. The price you pay is more a donation that something else.
Written September 13, 2019
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to visit and review your experience of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. We appreciate your feedback and the positive reflection that you have given on CCF's research, education and conservation programmes. The collective support that CCF has is why these programmes and initiatives continue, so thank you. I am sorry to hear that you didn't find the cheetah run activity to be a fantastic experience. I operate the lure course myself, and so I am happy to explain some information about how long the cheetahs may run for and why, and also how often each cheetah may run per week. The cheetah run is an entirely optional activity for our non-releasable cheetahs. It not only gives the cheetahs a chance to exercise and maintain great physical health but also provides an excellent source of enrichment (which provides excellent photo opportunities as they can spend time stalking or being playful). Each cheetah is given the opportunity to run on our lure course every 2-3 days, so this means that they are given a few days of rest in-between. We do not fast out cheetahs or scent the rag on our lure course to encourage them to run; the moving rag plays upon their instincts to chase moving objects. Their enthusiasm during the cheetah run certainly does vary from cheetah to cheetah and from day to day, influenced by factors such as a cheetah's age, daily energy levels, and weather. I am sorry to hear that the run did not meet your expectations, it sounds as if the cheetahs that morning were not sprinting with energy, but I trust that you were able to witness some of their behaviours, observe their interactions with one another, and were able to get some fantastic photos, nonetheless. The cheetah drive activity allows visitors to join a CCF Tour Guide to drive into one of the very large enclosures that the non-releasable cheetahs live in. Cheetahs naturally spend most of their time resting or sleeping and are particularly inactive during the hottest times of the day, which allows them to conserve their energy. Our cheetah drive activity includes great photo opportunities to see Darwin, Livingstone, Polly or Rohini-Talala in all of their natural behaviours (even feeding if guests are there at the right time), a visit to the Livestock Guarding Dog Facility and CCF Model Farm, access to the educational centre/museum, and attendance of midday cheetah feeding of 13 non-releasable cheetahs at our centre. Thank you for your feedback regarding the cost of your visit, that is something that I can certainly send onto Management, as that allows us to increase our service to match the cost of what visitors pay for activities to see the cheetahs. Thank you again, I am always looking forward to any additional feedback or comments, and am only too happy to answer any further questions that you may have. All the best to you Tayla Green tayla@cheetah.org Guest Experience Manager Cheetah Conservation Fund
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elizabethaO242CA
35 contributions
Great experience at a world class Conservation organization and research facility!
Aug 2019
CCF is not a safari destination, rather it is an excellent research facility dedicated to saving the very endangered cheetahs. Laurie Marker started CCF almost 30 years ago, and is the worlds expert in Cheetah Biology and
Conservation. The grounds and facility are extensive with many different parts: the cheetah sanctuary enclosures, the vet clinic, the farm and goat herding buildings, the creamery, an excellent Genetics lab (the only lab in Africa dedicated solely to wildlife Conservation genetics), livestock guarding dogs area, a great educational/teaching display area, a cheetah feeding area, and a bush block production facility. Guests can stay in Babson House or Cheetah View Lodge with all meals. The lodge facilities are quite comfortable. Sign up for any or all of the various activities including watching the cheetah feeding, or the Cheetah Run or tours of the facilities. All very worth it and very interesting. Laurie Marker is a gem and wonderful person who has dedicated her life and career to saving these very majestic and endangered cats, and you might have a chance to meet her or have dinner with her if you are staying there. Highly recommended for anyone visiting this area of Namibia!
Written September 7, 2019
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Hello! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of CCF, what a wonderful review to read. You have shared some wonderful information about our world-class research facility, and have really highlighted our mission - to save this vulnerable species from extinction. On behalf of CCF and most of all, the cheetahs, thank you for your support to our not-for-profit organisation, and for 'spreading the word' about the plight of the cheetah. We hope to see you again in the future. Take care, Tayla Green Guest Experience Coordinator Cheetah Conservation Fund
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Oxford1809
Oxford, OH893 contributions
Educational Experience
Jul 2019
While the site does require a detour off the main road at Otjiwarongo, the Cheetah Conservation Fund operation does provide an interesting stop along the road from Windhoek to Etosha NP, particularly since there really isn’t much in this part of the country. As part of a G Adventure group, our two hour plus stop included a tour of the research facilities, the holding areas for cheetahs and the Anatolian Shepard dogs, and a brief drive though a large compound housing several cheetahs that could not be reintroduced into the wild. The commentary was informative and the facilities impressive, and when combined with the opportunity to observe the cheetahs and the dogs, it was a very worthwhile experience that everyone in the group greatly enjoyed. We were also served an excellent lunch.

Having read an earlier post that did not reflect our experience, I would like to add that we were never under the impression that CCF was a safari venue, but rather a research/conservation station. Nor was anyone ever in the position to take selfies with the animals, unless they were in the distance. The staff was emphatic about how to observe the animals, and that included not even touching the cute Anatolian pups. The dogs are being raised to warn/protect goats from attacks by cheetahs and other predators in an effort to stop herders from summarily killing cheetahs. Excellent opportunity to learn about preserving cheetah populations in Southern Africa, and we were happy to see our local zoo (Cincinnati) worked with CCF.
Written August 28, 2019
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Hello! Thank you for your wonderful review. I am glad to read that your group had an informative and enjoyable experience here at CCF. We love reading and hearing about our visitors that leave with a memorable experience, as well as learning about conservation and what we are doing to conserve cheetahs in the wild. Thank you for echoing our ethos here at CCF regarding responsible ecotourism. As you say, we are a research facility that is open to the public for education, and we do not allow free-contact (petting or walking) with any of the cheetahs. Responsible and ethical tourism is the way to go. Yes, a big shout out to Cincinnati Zoo! CCF is fortunate to have the support of many AZA-accredited zoos, Cincinnati Zoo being one of them. I hope you enjoyed your tour of Namibia as a whole, it is a spectacular country. All the best to you Tayla Green Guest Experience Coordinator Cheetah Conservation Fund
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