ZA Cheetah Conservation Cheetah Experience – Unforgettable family adventure in Bela Bela!

ZA Cheetah Conservation Cheetah Experience

Looking for a family-friendly activity in Bela Bela, Limpopo? The ZA Cheetah Conservation Cheetah Experience is a place where you can spend some time surrounded by beautiful animals.

As a visitor to this sanctuary, you can enjoy educational tours and learning fun facts about them from their friendly, professional guides.

ZA Cheetah Conservation Cheetah Experience, which was located in Bloemfontein before re-locating to Bela Bela, Limpopo, is actually a registered non-profit centre with the aim of raising awareness about the vulnerability of several animal species through fun, educational experiences.

The sanctuary is home to a number of endangered and threatened animals, including cheetahs, leopards, male lions, servals, caracals, African wildcats, wolves, meerkats and a Siberian tiger. From time to time, they also take in rescued animals so from time to time; you might see various other animals at the centre.

Expect a once in a lifetime opportunity to come up close and personal with the animals.

ZA Cheetah Conservation Cheetah Experience

ZA Cheetah Conservation Cheetah Experience offerings

There is something for everyone – young and old, at the sanctuary. You will love their 2 to 2.5 hour Guided Tours.

The tours are designed to be fun, entertaining and educational. Their professional and knowledgeable guides will take you and your loved ones around the sanctuary where you will learn about their amazing residents.

Note that pre-booking is required for the Educational Tours as well as the Photography Tours. Visitors must be over the age of 18 to go on our Photography Tours.

Make an online enquiry / booking HERE.

Of course, I would totally recommend that you also become one of their volunteers. Here, you will able to really make a difference by being involved in the daily caretaking of all the wild animals – some of them endangered and threatened species. This Volunteer and Internship Program has seen over 750 dedicated people from over 30 countries coming in and being part of their conservation efforts.

If, like many other visitors, you fall in love with any of the animals, they have an animal adoption programme enabling you to support the Cheetah Experience for a whole year.

Remember to visit their shop – Zawadi, for beautiful keepsakes and souvenirs! All proceeds from the shop also help to sustain their conservation efforts.

ZA Cheetah Conservation Cheetah Experience

Guest reviews

“This place is a very good way to learna lot about cats. Tigers, lions, leopards, caracals, servals, wild cats, wolves, cheetahs, bat-eared foxes and other animals await visitors. The animals are well looked after by the staff and with a lot of love,” wrote Rainer L on their TripAdvisor page.

Alessio G added; “It is absolutely amazing that some volunteers spend their time to help and take care of animals like lions, cheetah, leopards and many others. The guide was so kindly to explain a lot of interesting things about these animals. The structure is not like Kruger Park and not like a zoo (fortunately) but manages to make people understand how fragile are these animals and how is important the job of these fantastic persons.”

“I have been to Cheetah Experience four years in a row now and don’t plan on missing a year anytime in the near future. You cannot help but feel like part of an amazing family, both people and animals, when you are here. It’s very obvious how much the staff love the animals here and do everything they can to make their lives as great as possible. If you’re an animal lover I highly recommend coming to Cheetah Experience, but be prepared to leave a piece of your heart when you go,” said Rebecca S.

ZA Cheetah Conservation Cheetah Experience is located at Farm 20 R101, Bela-Bela. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 72 905 3457; email or visit them online at today. Follow them on Facebook HERE and on Instagram HERE.


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