The best African reserves, parks and safari areas to see cheetah  

Cheetah, the world’s fastest land mammal is one of the Africa’s most fascinating predators. Cheetah are able to go from 0 to 96 km/h in just 3 seconds, there is no doubt that witnessing one these incredible big cats sprinting at full speed is an unforgettably thrilling experience. Their distinctive spotted coats blend into the grasslands and savannas of Africa, allowing them to stealthily stalk their prey before sprinting in for the kill. The following African safari destinations all have sizeable populations of cheetah where you have a great chance of seeing chetah in the wild – so try your luck and see if you can spot them or just sit back and let a professional guide and tracker find them for you.

Phinda Private Game Reserve

Phinda Game Reserve in located in South Africa‘s Kwa Zulu Natal province. It consists of several different habitat types and and is home to an incredible diversity of bird and wildlife species. The big 5 can be found on the reserve and there is a sizeable population of cheetah. The reserve’s proximity to the coast is an added bonus.


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Shamwari Game Reserve

Combining several different habitat types, the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa‘s Eastern Cape is home to high densities of game. The region is free of malaria and is also home to the Big 5. Visitors can expect to see cheetah, as well as an impressive variety of bird species, many of which are attracted to the Bushmans River that runs through the reserve.

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Mkuze Falls Game Reserve

This beautiful and scenic reserve is made up of a number of different ecosystems, including wetlands, riverine bush and mountains. There are several large dams in the reserve, allowing guests the opportunity to take boating trips and see hippos and water birds. The reserve is home to the big 5 and large numbers of cheetah.

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Serengeti National Park

Known worldwide as on of Africa’s most iconic safari destinations, the Serengeti plains in Tanzania are home to an incredible diversity of plains game and predatory species. The spectacular Great Migration occurs between this region and Kenya‘s Mara. Guests can expect to see cheetah and other predators, as well as wildebeest and zebra.

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Masai Mara

Along with the Serengeti, the Mara in Kenya is famous for the spectacle of the Great Migration in which hundreds of wildebeest and zebra migrate across the African plains, bringing predators such as lions and cheetah in their wake. Although he Migration occurs at specific times of the year in the Mara, the game viewing in the park remains good throughout the entire year and is a must for any safari lover.

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