Everything you need to know about a cheetah safari

Staying in the heart of big cat country, a haven for cheetah, you encounter them out on the vast plains. Often perched on rocks for panoramic views of potential prey, or if you’re lucky, you might see them break out into a wild, fast chase to catch impala.


With access to camps built specifically for their conservation, and with game drives and walks, we put you in the right place at the right time to see cheetah in their wild and natural environment.


Cheetahs are a real treat to see on safari and we have some excellent camps and conservation areas that give you the best chances of seeing them.

Experts view: Oliver Greenfield

Cheetahs can be easy to spot if you know how and where to look for them, we have access to prime cheetah areas outside of the main reserves for excellent encounters.

Namiri Plains and the AfriCat foundation are some of the best places to see cheetahs in the world.

the cheetah

Sometimes confused with leopards, cheetahs actually have very different markings; from their solid spots, opposed to the rosettes of a leopard, to the black ‘tear’ marks running down their cheeks. They have more slender bodies and longer legs and, unlike all other big cats, cannot retract their claws. Cheetahs hunt during the day to avoid competition with the larger cats, including lion and leopard. Their ‘tear’ marks help to absorb the bright sunlight and prevent glare and they will hunt anything, from baby antelope and ostrich to wildebeest.


Rather than hide in the foliage, cheetahs are usually found in open spaces – this allows them to chase down their prey without obstacles. Usually solitary animals, you may find a family group sticking together or a group of dominant males forming a coalition. The young cubs are born to resemble honey badgers as a form of defence.


Found in fragmented parks from South Africa through to Kenya and Tanzania with an extremely small population (50) found in Iran.


Some of the bigger populations of these cats are found outside of the major reserves where there is less competition from lions.

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We are destination specialists

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We are wildlife specialists

As a leading specialist operator we have excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat.

We really care about our destinations

At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 

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