December 22nd, 2007 – by: wanderinwurzel
me & a friend
when we arrived at the cheetah orphanage we were greeted by 3 beautiful cats. These were the tame cheetahs which we were allowed to pet and have our pics taken with, was is so cool to be able to get up close to 1 of these magnificent animals, even if they are meant to be tame. They hadn's lost their instinct to kill, as the goats and sheep dogs would probably testify in the enclosure joining the farm. This was a proper working farm which raised cattle to feed the chetahs and we would be feeding the orphaned wild cheetahs that evening. We decided that as the chance of rain was slim at best we'd sleep out under the stars if we made it out of the cool little bar they have set-up in the camping area, full of great pics of the cheetahs they've rescude over the years, and plenty of cool beers, as well as a pool table and darts, to challenge the lads too.
before we had our dinner we all climbed into the back of an old truck with a bin full of meat and headed off to the huge enclosure where the wild cheetahs live. Feeding these animals allowed for some great action shots on camera if you have rapid burst, you probably want to use it, as they don't hang around long once the meat is chucked up. These cats differ so much from the lions we saw at etosha the previous day, everything is sleak and designed for speed rather than the size and sheer presence of the lions. They seamed quite shy and cautious when coming for the food, that said you still probably wouldn't want to mess with them;) When we got back to the camp we found the swimming pool, which was an old water storage tank, that was very welcoming after another hot day. an awesome sunset followed by huge steaks on the braai were closely followed by several cold savanahs at the bar, before just lying down on my rollmatt next to the fire to catch some shuteye-perfect!