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My favorite animals are cheetahs. So I would like to see them in the natural habitats. Where should I travel to to maximize my chances?

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Thanks @hippietrail for tagging. But is Africa correct? Or are cheetahs only available in Asia? –  RoflcoptrException Jan 18 '12 at 12:49
    
I tagged according to the answers \-: –  hippietrail Jan 18 '12 at 13:17
    
Would a cheetah in the wild likely attack a human observer? –  JD Isaacks Jan 18 '12 at 14:56
    
I think cheetahs are opportunistic so if you become sick or tired or lame in there presence might not be the best of all possible circumstances. –  hippietrail Jan 18 '12 at 15:30
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According to this Wikimedia image you can find cheetahs around Africa and Middle East.

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One of the easiest places to see Cheetahs (I saw a lot there) is Masai Mara National Park (Kenya).

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Seconded on Masai Mara. We saw several there, and a couple in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro as well. –  dlanod Dec 20 '13 at 4:08
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Certainly much of Africa has them in their natural habitat. Tourist wise, an easy option is a flight to JHB (Johannesburg), and then east a few hours by car to Kruger National Park. I can personally attest that they are there - I have photos to prove it ;)

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If you are looking for one single place, go to the Okonjima Reserve in Namibia. It is located not far from the Waterberg plateau, a four hours drive from Windhoek.

In big reserves like Kruger (South Africa) or Etosha (Namibia) you can travel on your own. Nevertheless, I would rely on the services of a guide if I really wanted to see Cheetahs. Okay, you can find some on your own, it is perfectly possible. Moreover, a guide may fail to find some. That's nature ... However, using professional guidance is an excellent way to maximize your chances.

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