Ashia
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Ashia is a Fair Trade Tourism accredited, world-class cheetah sanctuary and awareness centre outside Paarl in South Africa’s Western Cape, a mere 45 minute drive from Cape Town. An African name meaning ‘life and hope’, Ashia lies nestled at the foot of the dramatic Drakenstein mountains, providing the perfect setting for the sanctuary’s conservation, education and research programs. Founded to help prevent the further decline of the cheetah population, the sanctuary’s primary conservation initiatives entail the release of captive-born and raised cheetah into the protected wild of game reserves. This is financed and managed by our conservation arm, Ashia Cheetah Conservation (ACC), a registered non-profit company. Please note that Ashia has a strict no-touch policy and no children under 16 years are allowed around any animal areas.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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SDLHOTELDIVA
Franschhoek, South Africa76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
As conservationists working for a private game reserve in south africa our aim is to play a key role in global cheetah conservation to ensure the
survival and sustainability of these species in the wild.

We had the privilege to visit this incredibly special place. This rescue animal sanctuary is a testament to people devoting their lives to a purpose.

To everyone who works here that puts in the time and effort, you should all be proud. We look forward to seeing you again.
Written 26 September 2022
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Allisson E
Sydney, Australia92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We were lucky to do the tour and also see a cheetah run. It was an amazing experience. The centre is doing such important work for these animals and you can see how much they love and care for them. The staff were so friendly and knowledgeable. I learnt a lot and would highly recommend.
Written 23 September 2022
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Nicole
Cape Town, South Africa163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Wow, what beautiful animals and to hear that there are only around 7000 left is so shocking.
The staff are so friendly and clearly love what they do.
Please support this worthy cause for our future generations to enjoy!
Written 11 October 2020
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PMD1959
Sheffield, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We visited on an extremely hot afternoon and were the only visitors on the tour. The guide was extremely good and able to give us an informative insight into the work of this rehabilitation centre. We were not rushed and the guide gave us time to observe the cheetahs and ask questions.
Written 1 April 2020
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GGVV2018
Paarl, South Africa199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This Cheetah and other animals sanctuary is really recommended. Very nice to see this extraordinary animals from a short distance. Very nice shop to buy gifts.
Written 12 February 2020
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73Duck
Smithfield, VA603 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is a must see attraction in the Cape Winelands. It is a very educational, up-close experience, but it's definitely not a zoo. We gained a tremendous appreciation for these big cats and just how tenuous their existence is in the wild.

These are amazing creatures and kudos to Ashia for doing their part to provide a sanctuary for these cats that would have a tough time in the wild or would weaken the species if they bred with others of their kind.

We also spent a nice peaceful the night here in the excellent accommodations (see separate review) here.
Written 15 December 2019
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Dear 73Duck, Thank you for the lovely feedback! It's important to us that our visitors walk away having learned about these beautiful animals, and why it's so important to protect them. We hope to welcome you for a stay again soon! Kind regards, The Ashia Team
Written 18 December 2019
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Kathryn C
38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We visited Ashia at the end of August 2019 and had the best time touring the sanctuary, meeting a cheetah, and watching the cheetah run! The staff are passionate and knowledgeable about all of the animals at the sanctuary, their quality of life, and ongoing conservation efforts. The facility and enclosures are state of the art and there is a cafe and gift shop onsite, as well. We were very happy that we visited prior to going on safari, as we had an enhanced appreciation for the cheetahs and their cubs when we saw them in the wild.

We would definitely visit again when back in SA and highly recommend to all of our friends!
Written 12 September 2019
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Judit S
Mannheim, Germany68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
Ashia is a wonderful place to go for a short visit, as a one-day or several weeks volunteer or on working holidays - for people, who love or are interested in learning more about cheetahs.
This place is just stunning! Embedded in a beautiful landscape Ashia is hosting mainly cheetahs (together with some leopards and servals), which are too old or not "suitable" for breeding, but cannot be released, neither. So many cheetahs from Cheetah Experience in Bloemfontain have found their retirement residence here. Though they are all fit and healthy and happy and beautiful to watch, when they are e.g. playing or showing their speed on the running track.
So absolutely worth a visit or even a longer stay!
Written 19 July 2019
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Dear Judit S, Thank you for the lovely feedback! It's important to us that our visitors walk away having learned about these beautiful animals, and why it's so important to protect them. We hope to welcome you again. Kind regards, The Ashia Team
Written 23 July 2019
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Helen E
Belgium174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
We recently stayed for 2 nights at the Ashia cheetah sanctuary and it was the best experience and most amazing time we have ever had.

I booked up directly and all email correspondence with Kate was extremely friendly and prompt.

We were the only ones staying and were treated like royalty.

The accomodation is 5 star luxury. Everything brand new and very clean and comfortable. We stayed in the Cheetah suite. Superb.

Breakfast was included and taken in the on site gift shop / coffee shop. Thank you to Chanda for a delicious breakfast on both mornings.

We volunteered for the day and helped with the cleaning and feeding. It was fully hands on and we were able to get very up close and personal with these incredible big cats.
We also made games for them using old cardboard boxes and feathers and in the afternoon had the opportunity to witness their reactions and see their day enriched with our inventions.

Kate and the team looked after us all day and it was so obvious of their passion and dedication to this conservation programme.

Thank you everyone for making us both feel so welcome and making our stay with you the best experience ever.
Written 13 June 2019
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Dear HelenE385, Thank you do much for a wonderful and heart-warming review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and had the opportunity to share in the same passion our team has to care for these big cats. It is important that our guests leave having learnt more about the cheetah and why we are dedicated to cheetah conservation. We'll pass on your lovely compliments to Kate and Chanda. Hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind regards, The Ashia Team
Written 23 July 2019
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Jennifer Reichgelt
Franschhoek, South Africa7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Kate and the team a truly dedicated to their cause. Make sure to view the cheetah's on their run. Anja and Ava are gorgeous. They have a lovely coffee and gift shop on site and all proceeds go the conservation of the cheetah's.
Written 23 May 2019
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Dear jreich166576, Thank you for your lovely review and visiting Ashia! Our team is passionate about what they do and it's important to us that our visitors walk away having learned about these beautiful animals, and why it's so important to protect them. We hope to welcome you again soon. Warm regards, The Ashia Team
Written 27 May 2019
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