The Cheetahs Come Out to Play.

The Cheetahs Come Out to Play.

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.

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Comments (24)

  1. Pola (@jettingaround)

    Wow, amazing photographs!!! The cheetahs are indeed beautiful.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks! There’s something so majestic about them. 🙂

  2. Kieu

    That’s incredible! You’re really making me want to hit up Africa.. animals in the wild. Stunning photos!

    1. The World Wanderer

      You should definitely try to get there! It’s an amazing continent.

  3. thelazytravelers

    these pictures are amazing! i cant believe all of the things you got to do and see in africa. very jeal.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks! And, there’s still lots more to come. I could write about this trip for years to come. 🙂

  4. D.J. - The World of Deej

    Is it sad that all I kept thinking during this was “It ain’t easy, being cheesy.” ??? Great stuff…truly beautiful creatures.

  5. Leah Travels

    Freakin’ cheetahs are AWESOME! I watched them for nearly an hour in the Singapore zoo. I wanna see them in the wild! Love this!

    1. The World Wanderer

      They were amazing! Guess you’ll have to get to Namibia – incredible! Such beautiful animals!

  6. @mrsoaroundworld

    wow, amazing pictures – you had an amazing time! a bit too wild for me.. but certainly enjoyed them!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Ana! It was really amazing!

  7. lola

    WOW! they really are beautiful. wild animals scare me a bit but i guess i’ll have to get over that if i’m gonna do Africa the right way.

    1. The World Wanderer

      They are a bit scary, but they are only curious. I never felt in any danger at any time – even during the bush walks!

  8. Francesca

    Lucky! Only cheetahs I got to see in Africa were of the lounging variety – LOL. Didn’t see any in action, just hanging on a tree branch or lying in the grass. I’m not complaining, though!

    1. The World Wanderer

      I’m actually a little jealous, I didn’t see any out in the wild. Though, we did see plenty of lounging lions and leopards. Oh, Africa, what a magical place!

  9. John

    What a spectacular animal and what spectacular pictures. Great post.

  10. Traveling Ted

    I am a big fan of wildcats, but I have yet to see one in the wild. I will have to follow in your footsteps and come to Africa to get a glimpse of them.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Definitely head to Africa! You’ll see plenty of them in the wild.

  11. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    What a neat experience even if a little contrived. It allowed you to see the beauty of these animals up close!!!

    1. The World Wanderer

      It was very cool to see them in action, Raul!

  12. jill

    You have no idea how frothy jealous I am. Cheetahs are my fave animals and ever since I was little I’d wanted one to keep 🙂 You’re so lucky!

    1. The World Wanderer

      They are beautiful in the wild! One day you’ll get to see them, I’m sure of it! 😉

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