Spreading the word about threats to the cheetah and its conservation remains imperative to saving this magnificent big cat.

The first time you see a cheetah in close proximity at Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge may be when the resident tame cheetahs, like Velvet or Iziba, go on walks with their handlers around the lodge. This is a truly magical experience. Many of the rescued cheetahs have a heart-warming, and sometimes heartbreaking story, that the handlers will eagerly share with you.

Inverdoorn offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get to grips with a cheetah through an exclusive chance to spend time interacting with them. Whether stroking and petting or giving the cheetahs water, it is an amazing experience.

Guests who opt for the five-star luxury accommodation packages automatically enjoy the one-on-one encounters, while an optional extra package is available to other overnight guests and even day visitors.

The cheetah is a very sensitive animal therefore every care is taken to minimize their stress when being exposed to guests. We will make every effort to ensure an encounter, but there are certain conditions that need to be strictly adhered to:

Cheetah interactions are subject to the right weather conditions and availability.
Children aged 16 and under will not be able to partake in cheetah interactions. Babysitting services are available for a nominal fee.
Do not wear sunglasses or loose clothing that can flap in the wind.
Do not call or whistle at the cheetah.
Always listen to the handlers.

These packages are designed to give you an exciting experience as well as to educate and encourage you to get involved. The money raised through these packages goes directly towards the work at the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation for the continued rescue, rehabilitation and research into saving the cheetah for generations to come.

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