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
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 June 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 July 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 November 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 November 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 January 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 February 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 April 2024
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happytwinsmom
atlanta16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
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.
Written 28 April 2024
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Kate J
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
I loved the experience of being close to and being able to stroke a cheetah.
A magnificent 8 year old, Romeo allowed us to stroke his fur and gave deep purrs which thrilled me.
Hearing about these magnificent animals, seeing them and touching one;
absolutely the best thing.
I happily bought some cheetah souvenirs from the little shop there.
Highly recommend the experience.
Written 5 April 2024
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DavidBushell
Essex69 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
So disappointed.
I’ve been here in 2018, 2015 and previously at Spier.
Brought the boys (22) as part of their “South Africa” experience. My wife and I were here in 2018 and it was a fabulous experience.

However.
The “hut” where two young guys were working (well sort of!!) could not be bothered.. the merchandise was “limited” with so little compared to the last visit…

The “experience” left a lot to be desired. We saw one cheetah (adult) with two rangers who did take pictures for us. Must have been in there 3-5 minutes.

The “talk” was limited, no real history or knowledge about the cheetah survival and the Anatolian Shepard dogs.

The other “pens” were mostly empty and it all looked “unloved”

Yes, it was raining a bit but in all honesty it was a huge letdown.

We will NOT be returning and will certainly not be recommending. A waste of a drive from Camps Bay. Luckily we know the area so found a Mall to go to!!

Please either get it together or close.
Written 4 March 2024
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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 2 February 2024
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Z_Jepson
u7p6335 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Most disappointing. Upon arrival the sanctuary looked run down, and the areas looked small and enclosed. There was only one ‘Cheetah’ working on the day we arrived, which gave an idea of how the animals were treated. We turned around and walked away - we were looking for an encounter that catered for animal welfare and this wasn’t it.
Written 31 January 2024
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JAYNE S
Harrogate, UK42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
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.
Written 26 January 2024
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Sanford M
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
What a waste of our 10 minutes. Being from the UK this was a highlight as we will see wild animals. As a once in a lifetime we decided to get the full experience of around R4000 per person. As a Director of Hotel Operations in Europe I was discusted. SUPER RUDE STAFF.
As we walked in a woman sitting at a table didn't feel it was for her to get up, smile or even greet us. Just a irrated "yes"
I explained what we want and the answer was "no tours today" she then went on the radio and someone said the tour starts in 15 minutes. I was ready to pay the R12000 for us. The woman said the price is R10. What? She insisted we can only go in and look around. After unsuccessfully trying to explain what we want, as the woman kept talking over me and smirking, a "Ranger" arrived. Again no introduction. No smile. Instead as my sister was now annoyed, the 2nd woman started waving her finger in my sisters face saying "you need to calm down, it's R10 for you" What!!!!!!
She then asked for the manager over a radio to come as they had a "situation"
Oh, sorry, did I mention we were not white British.
The only "situation" here was that when we walked in, it was assumed we can only afford the R10 entry and that we might be local. Racism is alive and well and this country.
We decided to drop it and leave. As we left another "Ranger" came towards us and again, no smile, no introduction and just a "what's the situation here"
What a disgrace. As I work in Hospitality around Europe and travel a lot, I will NEVER recommend this dilapidated, rude, unfriendly staff of a place. Thank goodness we didn't even go in.
Rasisism based on assumption is not the best way to run a business.
Written 24 January 2024
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Passport215087
Stockholm, Sweden24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Great to meet these fantastic animals close by. Staff seemed a bit distracted an disorganised which took away a bit from the experience. They should handle administrative duties away from the animal encounter
Written 29 December 2023
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Stian
Bergen, Norway22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
While the foundations of this park is based on very noble ideas (rearing shepherd dogs to protect farm animals, thereby reducing human-wildlife conflicts), the experience at the park itself is somewhat average.

Cheetahs are always amazing to watch, and it's a privilege having the opportunity to interact with these animals, but the experience at Cheetah Outreach feels very generic and limited. We got about 5-10 mins close to one of their cheetahs (Tobias) together with a group of 7 visitors. You get to pat a cheetah for about a minute, while one of the employees takes a few photos of you and the cheetah. (Cheetah Encounter option. Other experiences available).
The (free) general tour was not offered at our visit as the guides were busy with other groups/tasks.

Great option for families and children for close-up encounters with cheetahs, but wildlife enthusiast like myself will probably find the experience a bit unremarkable.

Although this review might appear somewhat negative, it's important to note that the educational value of these types of experiences should not be neglected or underestimated. Hopefully, our entry fee supports the continued efforts to reduce human-wildlife conflicts in southern africa.

Easy to access/find by self-drive. Premises were clean. Enclosures seemed adequate with regards to animal welfare. Animals appeared comfortable, healthy and well taken care of.
Written 25 December 2023
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drmalcolm
Brighton and Hove, UK108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A wonderful afternoon, being with a cheetah, stroking it, seeing 8 different animal feeds ,
Volunteers committed , staff wonderful
Arrived late but had full time with everything
Go please support this wonderful project while enjoying life
Written 19 November 2023
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