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Quick Destinations For Cheetah Safaris in Africa (2023)

The cheetah is an iconic and majestic big cat found throughout Africa. Although they are widely distributed, sightings of these beautiful animals are rare and require a bit of luck and expertise.

Fortunately, there are several places in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Namibia where cheetahs can be seen in their natural habitat. This blog post highlights some of the best places to see cheetahs in these countries. Sit back and enjoy our attempt to throw some ‘swift’ cheetah info and puns at you, we love dad jokes around here!

Cheetah Safaris in South Africa

South Africa is one of the best places in the world to see cheetahs, as they are found in many of the country’s national parks and private game reserves. One of the best places to see cheetahs in South Africa is the Kruger National Park. The park is home to the largest population of cheetahs in the country, and visitors have a good chance of spotting these magnificent animals on a game drive.

Another great place to see cheetahs in South Africa is Phinda Private Game Reserve. The park is located on the east coast, bathed in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and is home to a large population of cheetahs. Visitors can take a guided game drive to increase their chances of seeing these big cats.

Here are some popular cheetah safari options in South Africa:

Southern Tip of Africa

Kruger to Cape Town Safari

Two South African safari titans come together in everyone's favourite safari combo. Rates start from ZAR 7,500 per person.
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Tsowa Safari Island, part of a Cape Town, Kruger, Victoria Falls Package

Cape Town, Kruger, Victoria Falls Safari

Come with us on our epic 12-day 'safari triangle' safari and visit Africa's favourite destinations. Rates start from ZAR 10,550 per person per night.
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I saw this guy chatting up a cheetah. He was trying to pull a fast one – Tim Vine

Cheetah Safaris in Botswana

Botswana is home to one of the largest protected populations of cheetahs in Africa, and the country’s national parks and game reserves offer some of the best opportunities to see them. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the best places to see cheetahs in Botswana. The reserve is home to a large population of these big cats, and visitors have a good chance of ‘spotting’ them on one of the various lodge activities. The great thing about the Kalahari is that it is open, so photography options are amazing!

Another great place to see cheetahs in Botswana is in the Okavango Delta which is home to a large population of cheetahs.

Here are some popular cheetah safari options in Botswana. These are most suited to couples, families and groups of friends:

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Okavango & Linyanti Safari

A 7-day safari exploring Botswana's garden of Eden . It's wild, it's beautiful! Rates start from USD 1,500 per person per night.
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Cheetah Safaris in Zimbabwe and Zambia

Zimbabwe and Zambia are other countries that offer excellent opportunities to see cheetahs in the wild. Both countries are home to a small but stable population of cheetahs, and the country’s national parks and game reserves offer some of the best opportunities to see them.

Two game reserves that come to mind are Hwange National Park and Kafue National Park, both of which have a small but growing population of cheetahs, and visitors can enjoy the expertise of some of Africa’s best guides while looking for ‘the Porsche of the bush’.

Below are our best cheetah safaris in Zimbabwe and Zambia. All can be built around your needs and in fact, we prefer it that way because it means you get your very own safari to brag about!

Family Safari Coffee Stop

Best Of Zimbabwe Safari

This 10-day safari explores Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park and Victoria Falls. Rates start from USD 1,050 per person per day.
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Tsowa Safari Island, part of a Cape Town, Kruger, Victoria Falls Package

Cape Town, Kruger, Victoria Falls Safari

Come with us on our epic 12-day 'safari triangle' safari and visit Africa's favourite destinations. Rates start from ZAR 10,550 per person per night.
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Best destinations to view cheetahs in Africa…

South Africa

3 Day Kruger Safari

South Africa’s biggest national park is home to the country’s greatest diversity of wildlife. Kruger’s real draw is an almost guaranteed encounter with the super-celebrities of the safari circuit: Africa’s iconic Big 5. You can expect sightings of them all year round.

Male Lions Phinda

This reserve encompasses an impressive 286 km² (110 mi²) of protected wildlife land. It offers some of Africa’s finest game viewing experiences, as well as 436 bird species. The reserve is particularly well known for close-up sightings of the elegant yet elusive cheetah, as well as the rare black rhino.

Botswana

Kalahari Plains Camp, Wilderness Safaris

Wild, mysterious and just unthinkably vast, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is a true wilderness that will give you the impression that you are exploring Africa on your own. Rich grasslands surround you by day whilst the skies at night are as clear as you could ever imagine.

Pek's Fishing Owl At Xigera Camp Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is one of the most inspiring wilderness locations in Africa, if not the entire planet. The Delta is a truly unspoiled wilderness with terrain ranging from dry grasslands to swamps. Possible animals to be sighted include cheetahs, lion prides, leopards on the prowl, zebra, giraffes and elephants.

Zimbabwe & Zambia

Walking Safari In Hwange National Park

This most famous park in Zimbabwe provides a haven for 107 mammal species and more than 400 recorded types of birds. If it’s elephants you want to see (there are between 45,000 and 60,000 living in Hwange), then this is the place. Hwange is most commonly combined with Victoria Falls.

Lion Jumping Over Water On A 7 Day Zambia Safari

Kafue National Park covers a massive 22,400 km². It remains little-known and largely unexplored with vast tracts of its virgin bush still untouched. Thanks to its size and variety of habitat types the it holds a fantastic diversity of wildlife. The Busanga Plains is famed for its prides of lions.

Elephants In Mana Pools

Mana Pools is considered one of the prettiest reserves in the world. Its location near the Zambezi River gives it large pools that support an amazing collection of wildlifeCanoe safaris, a terrific way to see animals. It’s also one of the best places in Southern Africa to see endangered wild dogs.

Moriti will tailor something specifically for you to go cheetah adventuring on. Check out our tailor-made safari enquiry form

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Beach & Bush Heritage Safari

We turn the cultural tone up a few notches with a tailored vacation around Africa's big game and the warm Indian Ocean. Rates start from ZAR 8,800 per person per night.
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Best Of Zimbabwe Safari

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