Cheetah Conservation Fund
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Rajesh K
    Sydney, Australia97 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Educational Experience
    The staff were all very knowledgeable and friendly. We learned alot about Cheetahs. We observed the feeding of cheetahs which was a new experience. Also leaned about Anatolian shepherd dogs that were being sold as a deterrent against predators to farmers. We tried the ice cream made on site with goats milk which was excellent. Only downside is that they were a bit unorganised with the start time of the tours.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 April 2023
  • raurregog
    Milan, Italy16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Would definitely recommend to go
    A great experience and must see if you are near by. The fund contributes to the conservation and re location of Cheetah. I've read some reviews from people complaining about the Cheetah being kept in captivity, which is partially true. However, the Cheetah they keep in their enclosure are the Cheetah that cannot be relocated in their habitat because of age or circumstances they were found on. If the Cheetah didn't spend at least 8 months with their mother they have no chance of survival in the wild. Was great to see the Cheetah running and feeding, the ways they educate the community to live in harmony with the surrounding predators and the research they do. Prices are not low, but also not impossible to pay. We paid around 140 euro to see the Cheetah runs and the Cheetah viewing ride (2 people). This is to be seen as a 1 time donation to the fund
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 December 2023
  • doug m
    Blairgowrie, United Kingdom54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get very close to the cheetahs here
    "Very nice modern accommodation with, not surprisingly, a cheetah themed decor! Food, both dinner and breakfast were very good. Arrived in time for (free) 2pm feeding session which turned out to be very interesting and informative. Particularly enjoyed the (pay for) 8am morning cheetah run where there was great close up views of running and resting cheetahs. Would highly recommend a stay here when going to or coming from Etosha. ( Would also recommend the Crocodile Farm Cafe in Otjiworongo for a lunch stop before heading up the CCF road)"
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 January 2024
  • Jacqui O
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed
    Amazing charity doing outstanding work through various projects to increase the Cheetah population. I would recommend staying there so you can do the 8am Cheetah run. The food is great , being a vegetarian it was the best I ate in Namibia.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 February 2024
  • Robert N
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A thoroughly enjoyable experience not to be missed
    My wife and I recently stayed at Cheetah Conservation Fund for two nights and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The Lodge was comfortable and the food excellent. We loved the Cheetah Run and the tours around the farm, in particular the 'Behind the Scenes' tour. We were very fortunate to meet Laurie Marker, the founder of the Fund who was so passionate, interesting and knowledgeable about cheetahs
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 March 2024
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Robert N
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
My wife and I recently stayed at Cheetah Conservation Fund for two nights and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The Lodge was comfortable and the food excellent. We loved the Cheetah Run and the tours around the farm, in particular the 'Behind the Scenes' tour. We were very fortunate to meet Laurie Marker, the founder of the Fund who was so passionate, interesting and knowledgeable about cheetahs
Written 7 March 2024
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Jacqui O
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Amazing charity doing outstanding work through various projects to increase the Cheetah population. I would recommend staying there so you can do the 8am Cheetah run. The food is great , being a vegetarian it was the best I ate in Namibia.
Written 8 February 2024
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doug m
Blairgowrie, UK54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
"Very nice modern accommodation with, not surprisingly, a cheetah themed decor!

Food, both dinner and breakfast were very good.

Arrived in time for (free) 2pm feeding session which turned out to be very interesting and informative. Particularly enjoyed the (pay for) 8am morning cheetah run where there was great close up views of running and resting cheetahs.

Would highly recommend a stay here when going to or coming from Etosha.

( Would also recommend the Crocodile Farm Cafe in Otjiworongo for a lunch stop before heading up the CCF road)"
Written 31 January 2024
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DayTrip464264
13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I was staying there over new year.
If you habe money and you spend money, you are welcome, If not this guys loose interest very quickly.
Its a good concept to make money, all in the mame of the cheetah.
All activitis are sluhjtly overpriced for that what you get.
Its similar to a zoo experience just in a bigger area.
This Cheetahs are just pedded and have NO chance to get the freedom back!
But the food and the accomodation is good there if you dont get downgradet all the time.
The Wifi is very poor!
I got invited at the New years eve dinner wirh the workers at the CCF, without telling me about the quality of the food.
O was feeling really sorry for the workers, because the quality was lower then Lion King.
Thats not the way to say thanks to your workers!
Written 4 January 2024
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raurregog
Milan, Italy16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
A great experience and must see if you are near by. The fund contributes to the conservation and re location of Cheetah.

I've read some reviews from people complaining about the Cheetah being kept in captivity, which is partially true. However, the Cheetah they keep in their enclosure are the Cheetah that cannot be relocated in their habitat because of age or circumstances they were found on. If the Cheetah didn't spend at least 8 months with their mother they have no chance of survival in the wild.

Was great to see the Cheetah running and feeding, the ways they educate the community to live in harmony with the surrounding predators and the research they do.

Prices are not low, but also not impossible to pay. We paid around 140 euro to see the Cheetah runs and the Cheetah viewing ride (2 people).

This is to be seen as a 1 time donation to the fund
Written 9 December 2023
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Ana Rafaela Timakin
Johannesburg, South Africa48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
First of all I would like to commend the Cheetah Conservation Fund and all their Partners and Friends and Staff for the Amazing job they are doing, its not just about protecting the Cheethas but also teaching and creating a more sustainable way so that the farmers and the main population learn that killing Cheethas is not the only way foward..
There are other ways also to survive and protect their livestocks, and also I liked the fact that The CCF is introducing new techniques so that the community learn and profit from protecting the environment surroundingthen..
Its a MUST visit for everyone unless you are a 2 year toddler ..And is so enjoyable its fun and a learning experiencing from the very first moment you are there
Written 27 August 2023
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Rajesh K
Sydney, Australia97 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
The staff were all very knowledgeable and friendly. We learned alot about Cheetahs. We observed the feeding of cheetahs which was a new experience. Also leaned about Anatolian shepherd dogs that were being sold as a deterrent against predators to farmers. We tried the ice cream made on site with goats milk which was excellent. Only downside is that they were a bit unorganised with the start time of the tours.
Written 18 April 2023
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LeslieG_8
Tennessee306 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
We visited last summer with a tour group. It was good to see the cheetahs up close but all you see is them pacing back and forth waiting to be fed. The group had a lasagna lunch there that was good. However, the gift shop is why the low rating. We purchased shirts, hats, earrings and other things to help them out. After the initial purchase, we still had more time there and my husband wanted another shirt. We didn’t open the wrapping that it was packaged in because we didn’t feel the need since it was a new, packaged shirt. When we got home one of the shirts (the second one we went back to buy) was a beige/khaki color and had red spots all over the middle and back of it that looked like paint and magic marker. I emailed them asking if they could send another shirt and sent pictures of the damaged one. After attempting twice to email them over a period of a few weeks and not receiving a reply, I notified the tour company. They contacted them and was advised they would mail me another shirt but asked if I could wait 2 months because the owner would be coming to the U.S. and it would be cheaper for them to mail it from the U.S. I agreed and gave them my mailing address as requested. Two months later I received an email advising me of the location of the in the U.S. where the owner was that was 2,000 miles away from me, and said I had to pick it up in person or pay for the postage myself. I notified the tour company and they then said the Cheetah conservation advised they would refund the amount but needed specific authorization codes from my credit card purchase. My credit card company advised they could refund without any codes - yet they refused to refund. And since I waited patiently for them to mail it, the time has now been too long to dispute the charges. That is a poor way to do business with people who were buying their logo items to support them. Don’t expect much when visiting as far as interacting with the cheetahs- and be sure to check everything well if you buy anything from their gift shop. And beware that they will not work with you if you have any purchase issues.
Written 6 March 2023
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epelli282972
Seriate, Italy4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
we werw lucky to be there almost on our own so we could go around and see everything the way we wanted. Do not miss feeding time and the drive
Written 21 February 2023
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sally d
Leeds, UK330 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Amongst the animals you see are their 6 cheetahs and 2 male lions...all up close and personal.

There is also an excellent and informative display as to the work of the CFC.
Written 29 November 2022
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