Cheetahs: their slender bodies, piercing eyes, powerful stature, and impressive speed, command complete attention. And, to me, they are among the most beautiful animals in the cat family, not that I particularly love many animals of the feline nature. Sure, I’ve pet a tiger in Thailand and walked with lions in Zimbabwe, but I don’t feel any special connection to cats in general. However, my opinion changes when it comes to cheetahs. There’s just something about them.
My first cheetah encounter occurred unexpectedly in Zimbabwe, after my elephant safari, and it was love at first site. While that was a great experience, it got better after we entered Namibia.
While driving down the country of Namibia, we stopped for a night to camp at a cheetah farm. This was a place where wild cheetahs were allowed to live off the land, but were taken care of by the owners, and there were also tame cheetahs, who lived in the compound with the family. It was an interesting way to connect with the animals.
On our first night there, we headed right to watch the nightly feeding. While I wasn’t exactly thrilled that the men would be throwing them meat, rather than releasing an animal for them to hunt down, it was still a great way to see the beautiful creatures.
At first only a few arrived, but soon many more made their way over to the area we were in. They curiously came up to us, but we knew the real reason they were interested is because they knew it was feeding time. We watched them play around and took some pictures before the feeding.
Watching the animals roam about stunning landscape was truly special experience. The way the animals seemed to blend in with the golden grasses that glowed in the setting sun to the mountains set in the background, it was the perfect way to end our long day of traveling.