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“Kwa Cheetah - Excellent experience”

Nambiti Game Conservancy
Reviewed April 5, 2014

This is a wonderful opportunity to get up close to cheetahs and to hear more about the project. First class destination. And there is a good burger available at a reasonable price!

Thank Alan G
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

There was so much to see and such beautiful scenery. There was a variety of terrain and so around every corner was something spectacular!

Thank vickymaeH
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

If you want to get up close to cheetahs - this is the place. You enter the gates of Nambiti and aremet by the guard who will check if you have made a telephonic booking for the cheetah interaction. Booking is essential so it remains an experience with limited numbers. As you drive into the parking area you eyes pop as a cheetah hops out of an open Land Rover accompanied by a couple of domestic dogs. A tiny meerkat called Zulu comes to greet you and cuddle. The baby warthog called Basil is busy being enticed back to his sleeping area before the cheetah who hopped out of the Land Rover may find him an attractive snack.

When visitors who have booked for the experience have all arrived you are given a short talk by the ranger on the work of rehabilitation and are made aware of the precarious position of leopards and cheetahs in the wild. Many of the animals were rescued or brought to the centre after their mothers had been killed and the cubs found abandoned. Others are bred for re-introduction to the wild, to sustain the dwindling numbers of cheetahs.

Then it is time to take a walk to the large open enclosures where you can see the animals in natural habitiat. The young leopard is magnificent yet scary in his power. Visitors may touch him on the back but not go into his enclosure.

The best part is the cheetah interaction where one goes into big enclosures first with the young cheetahs, then the Serval cats, then the mature cheetahs. The cubs that have been hand-raised are very tame and will purr when you stroke them. The rangers are with the group at all times to ensure safety - yours and the big cat's as people can sometimes do silly things which can upset them! The important part about this is that it is not a rushed experience as there is plenty of time to interact with the animals instead of observing them only from a car window in a game park or being rushed through on a tourist trap experience where one has a minute or two with the animals. It is also an opportunity to get some magnificent close up shots in relaxed and natural surroundings.

3  Thank Jeanie B
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

It was my first place that I visited for Safari and I wasn't disappointed at all. During our first evening safari we and saw 4 of the big 5. We were very lucky with a lions, so the were really shoving themselves off. I liked the landscape in the reserve, that it's not entirely flat. The rangers were really doing their best and trying to find all possible animals and show them to us. The reserve is not big and not overcrowded, and all the roads are dirty, that supports the genuine spirit of the place and activity. Because, for me driving concrete roads during safari feels like I am in a big zoo.

Thank Karina P
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

Loved our stay here in Nambiti Reserve at Esiweni Lodge over Christmas 2013 (please see my review for that), we stayed 6 nights. This is a stunning reserve, with very diverse landscape as well as wildlife. We saw 4 of the big 5, including our first black rhino. Will definitely visit again if the opportunity arises.

Regarding roads, it *is* a game reserve with dirt roads over some steep and rocky terrain at times, and when it rains (during summer such as now), potholes and some washing will form in the roads. We found most of the roads much better than some other game reserves. Sometimes it is also the skill and patience of the driver. But yes, do remember you are on dirt rocky roads riding in a high profile 4x4 game vehicle, so the ride will only be so soft. Be prepared accordingly!

Thank DLady69
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