Cheetah Outreach - Somerset West

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Cheetah Outreach - Somerset West

Cheetah Outreach - Somerset West
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Cheetah Outreach is an education and community-based programme created to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and to campaign for its survival.Cheetah Outreach is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year to the public. We are open from 9h30 to 17h00. You do not need to make a booking to visit the facility. We charge an entry fee of R10 on weekdays and R5 on weekends and public and school holidays. Adult cheetah encounters take place from 10h00 to 13h00 and from 14h00 to 17h00.
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WellTraveledGal2000
New York City, NY128 contributions
Friends
I don’t like to see wild animals restrained in a small area for life. But I believe the volunteers at this facility have good motives and are dedicated to protecting this beautiful species. The dog program seems like a good idea. Provides trained dogs to local farmers so that they will allow the dogs to scare off cheetah and other predators instead of using lethal measures to protect livestock.
The handlers and guides were very nice and knowledgeable and genuinely interested in our having a good experience. We were able to stroke the animals.
Written 16 June 2022
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Glenda B
Annapolis, MD4 contributions
I can’t begin to praise Cheetah Outreach enough for all of the work they are doing to preserve and protect the Cheetahs in South Africa. I have a passion for Cheetahs since my first encounter with Shadow about 22 years ago at Spier Wine Estate. A couple of years later, my husband and I both visited when there were 3 cubs so it was a dream of mine to visit the Outreach center since the cats had been moved and finally it came true. The work they are doing to protect the Cheetahs is amazing!

We had the Special Cheetah Experience with Kitu who was very well behaved and petting him and hearing him purr just completed my “dream visit”.
Although we were early for our booking, they were welcoming and took us around to see all of the other animals such as the servals, the big-eared foxes, the meerkats, Moya the jackal, and Grace the caracal.

There is no way you can begin to imagine being so close and interacting with a cheetah until you experience it in person. I can’t recommend a visit enough!
Written 3 June 2022
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Andreas S
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Friends
Having been to Spier many years before we took our friends to the Cheetah Outreach which had moved more than 10yrs from Spier to the new facility. The new facility did not look too good - according tonten friendly staff all animals need to move to new enclosures because of reconstruction.
Already the waiting time to pay entrance fee was chaos, credit card machine was not working! Then we were told to walk around the facility (rather small), 1st we got a safety briefing, then started our walk, called back just to be told that we need to wait a little longer for our planed encounter. Finally had our slot for the encounter with a sleeping cheetah who did not move for the whole duration of the photo session.
Was not at all what we expected, had to keep our distance of the animal, no touching at all allowed.
We felt that the staff being friendly but totally overcommitted for caring and organising so many groups/visitors. We hope they will get things right because after the shutdown now is the time to attract visitors but they also need to make the facility look like a real Cheetah Outreach.
Very disappointed
Written 16 April 2022
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caz196689
Inverurie, UK145 contributions
Family
Went to see the cheetahs and had the meet a cheetah experience R10 entry and R125 for experience. Staff all so knowledgeable and caring. We met Tobias and he was majestic so amazing to be so up close to a wild cat! At this time you cannot touch the cheetahs due to covid this is to protect them which is totally understandable as we have already killed far too many of them. Thank god for places like this to protect the small numbers we have left. They train dogs here for the farmers to protect there livestock instead of the framer shooting or trapping the cheetahs.
This is well worth the visit an amazing experience.
Written 30 March 2022
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HMCSpy
Horsham, UK110 contributions
Outstanding! restricted access to actually touching the cats, however, excellent visit, 'up close and personal' to Ebony - Lovely Boy, Lovely Boy - accompanied by Owen and Gareth and of course the two handlers.
Full and entertaining brief on the organisation, the environment in which the animals are kept, the Cheetah breed itself, and a quick visit to the Meerkats and tortoises.
And a visit to the well stocked and varied items in the Gift Shop on the way out.
All in all, a cracking visit and one that I would heartily recommend. Well done Owen!
Great VFM....
Written 19 February 2022
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Abdullah B
Kuwait City, Kuwait6 contributions
Couples
It’s a small facility with few wild animals like cheetah , wild cats, foxes, meerkats, and tortoise. During our visit animals were hiding maybe because it was little windy. Touching cheetas during encounters wasn’t allowed due to Covid restrictions and we had to wear masks even upon taking pictures which was weird. Overall, it was abelow average experience but i hope it gets better when COVID restrictions are less
Written 3 November 2021
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Carlos
3 contributions
Absolutely amazing, to get so close and personal with these predators, you realise that there is a certain vulnerability to them. The sharp claws and teeth are merely a means of protection and that they are such sweet souls. I am not one who agrees with humans intervening with nature, but this sanctuary is a safe haven, a sanctuary that has offered these beings a chance at living out there lives in their natural environment, something that has unfortunately been taken from them, mainly because of people wanting exotic pets and then getting bored. They look happy and so well looked after. To everyone who works here that puts in the time and effort, you should all be proud.
Written 3 November 2020
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Lucindadavids
Cape Town Central, South Africa205 contributions
Friends
Owen, was a great guide going into detail about the outreach and even the other animals attached to the place i would have loved to touch one of the cheetahs , but experience was amazing ...
Written 21 September 2020
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Lycia7
Antalya, Turkey59 contributions
We purposefully found the location of Cheetah Outreach (where they are under protection and looked after by volunteers) it was probably the peak moment of our trip to South Africa. After a long wait, as the Cheetahs need to be fed, slept and ready to interact with people, we were finally led -with lots of specific rules (ie.not wearing glasses, disinfecting our hands and shoes, kneeing down...) to view and even touch them. They are cared by volunteers, and this place is there to protect the cheetahs, not to entertain people.
When we touched at different times, both the adult and baby (though still big) cheetahs purred, it was incredible, even as an adult I almost had tears in my eyes, and for my son it must have been indescribable. One of the volunteer careers said at that moment, that we should be proud of ourselves, this does not happen often, in fact rarely-we love animals! Another surprise was that cheetahs were protected (from the nearby villagers) by Turkish Kangal dogs. Wouldn't expect such familiar faces so far away from our own country:)
Written 20 June 2020
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Hevsy
Egham, UK3 015 contributions
Couples
We had a great visit here. We paid the entrance (10 Rand each) and to go in to see the cubs (200 Rand each) - we weren’t expecting to have to pay cash as they don’t take cards of any description. This is quite shortsighted in this day and age - apparently it is the decision of the owner. Lots of people were complaining because a lot of tourists don’t carry cash plus as the staff at the centre said, having a lot of cash is a security risk.

Anyway money aside, it was a lovely centre and all the cats were in nice habitat. However it is very hot as there is not a lot of shade in the main animal area. We had a reasonable amount of time in with the cheetah cubs and I got to stroke two of the five. My husband was there more for photos than the stroking of the cubs but one of the Colin said she’d film me on my video camera. But every time I looked up she was chatting and not videoing me so I had to get my husband to take over as well as taking photos.

It was lovely to get up so close to them and they were very tame. They were obviously happy and well looked after.

There are some other animals and cats there - caracal, serval cat, dog, mongoose. There is also a nice gift shop but again only took cash. All the inside areas were very hot.
Written 11 March 2020
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