The Numbers of cheetahs in Africa are decreasing due to human-wildlife conflict, and habitat loss due to other predators such as lions. It might be the hardest to spot a cheetah in Africa than spotting a leopard. Many confuse a leopard and cheetah, due to their print. A simple trick to differentiate them is by site and the teardrops. A Leopard is short and a bit heavy while a cheetah is tall, slender, and with long legs. A cheetah has teardrop markings at the bottom of their eyes, which leopards don’t have.
Kenya: With so few remaining cheetahs in the wild, seeing one is a truly remarkable experience. Famous for its big cat sightings in general, the Masai Mara’s open plains is the perfect habitat for these lithe felines. The Mara is also home to a great number of hyenas and big cats which means that if a cheetah does catch its prey, they are often bullied off their kill.
You can spot these big cats in Samburu N. Reserve, Masai Mara, Tsavo N. Park, Major Kenyan Conservancies.
Tanzania: Moving South and you will find the famous Serengeti in Tanzania and Namiri Plains is possibly the best place to almost guarantee cheetah sightings. With no other camp for miles around, Asilia’s Namiri has access to the old conservation plains in the East of the Serengeti where cheetahs have thrived. Over the years, numbers have grown rapidly and it probably has one of the highest densities of cheetah in Africa.
In Tanzania, they are commonly spotted in Serengeti N. Park, Ruaha National Park, Selous N. Reserve, Tarangire N. Park, and other Major safaris destinations
South Africa: Although the open grassy plains are not as prevalent in Southern Africa as they are in the East, the Greater Kruger is one of the best places for cheetah sightings. The Kruger National Park is home to about thirty-three percent of Africa’s cheetah population within its boundaries and a stay at Singita’s Lebombo or Sweni Lodge certainly gives you a chance to see one.
Best Safaris To Do To Spot And Locate Cheetahs In Africa
We have crafted and designed some of the best safaris where you can spot cheetahs in good population destinations in Africa. With a population of around 7000 Cheetahs in Africa, they continue to face a huge threat to their existence. Cheetahs are known to social animals, and hence have higher chances to be displaced by their huge threat, Human conflict.
Below are some of the best tours to spot cheetahs:-
- 8 Days Cheetah Safaris in Kenya:- Traversing through the major parks of Kenya, offers you a great chance to spot cheetahs from Samburu to Masai Mara.
- 12 Days Tanzania Safaris:- Visit greater Serengeti National Park, with the Wildebeest Migration and Later fly and check in to Ruaha National park for an intimate wild date with the cheetahs.
- 10 Days Zambia Zimbabwe Safari:- While on Honeymoon, a romantic treat would be sighting a good number of cheetahs in Zambia and Zimbabwe.