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?

  • Thanks @hippietrail for tagging. But is Africa correct? Or are cheetahs only available in Asia? Jan 18, 2012 at 12:49
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  • Would a cheetah in the wild likely attack a human observer?
    – JD Isaacks
    Jan 18, 2012 at 14:56
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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).

  • Seconded on Masai Mara. We saw several there, and a couple in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro as well.
    – dlanod
    Dec 20, 2013 at 4:08

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 ;)


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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