Reviews of Cheetah View
Wildlife sightings and reviews
9 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Cheetah View and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Interesting and worthwhile visit"
The Cheetah-related activities (feeding and exercising) were also very interesting and it was wonderful to see them at such close quarters. We were a fairly large group of visitors but the staff gave good clear presentations of the work they're doing and are clearly passionate about raising awareness of the threat to cheetahs.
The lodgings weren't as luxurious as the other lodges we experienced, but they were perfectly fine. The evening meal was really good but the breakfast was a bit haphazard - what, empty coffee pots?? There was a pleasant garden and cafe, a well-stocked souvenir shop and some interesting displays and posters that would engage children. We were happy that our visit made a contribution to this work.
One point to note is that Cheetah View isn't well signposted from Otjiwarongo. In fact, the road leads from the town to a municipal tip and a faded sign that warns unauthorised people not to go past it, plus a turning to a military base. Venture bravely on and you'll find a sign for the reserve further down the road and then a manned security gate." See all these reviews: 12n in Namibia
"Cheetah View Lodge"
Overall, a good stopping place between Etosha and Windhoek." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
"Cheetah View Lodge"
A so very necessary sanctuary for rescued cheetahs and research station dedicated for the study and survival of this magnificent animal. Just a few rooms but they are spacious very clean and well fitted out. Food in the small friendly restaurant and lounge with again very helpful and friendly staff. We were made to feel special welcomed guests. But the cheetahs are the stars and witnessing their speed at the morning run was magnificent!!!
A must for anybody going to Namibia!!!!" See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia
"Cheetah View Lodge review"
We did not undertake any of the extra trips as we were late arriving and needed to leave in the morning. We would have liked the opportunity to be able to view the cubs and some of the work that is done with the cheetahs, on a video or through photographs, for example. Perhaps it was possible to visit the research centre, if so we missed this piece of information.
While the units were comfortable, we (all 4 of us) found the sloping 'staircase' a bit of a hazard and had to make sure that we left the lights on to illuminate the 'steps'.
One of our party was ill and had to miss dinner. Dr Brewer and Dr. Marker, who dined with our group, showed concern and kindness and offered help." See all these reviews: 17n in Namibia; 4n in Botswana; 3n in Zambia; 1n in South Africa
"Easy to see cheetahs up close."
The rooms are comfortable without being anything special. We had an evening meal and breakfast and found the food to be (at best) average. Most of the wine on the list turned out to be not available and we ended up paying for a relatively expensive bottle that was delivered (opened already) to our table in place of the more modestly priced one that we had ordered,
The CCF offers a wide range of activities to learn about their work with Cheetahs. We went on the (so-called) Cheetah Run in the morning before breakfast - the cheetahs are supposed to be exercised by chasing a lure pulled around the field at high speed.. Well our four cheetahs were not very energetic and spent most of the half hour lying down. Perhaps we were unlucky - but we did feel it a bit overpriced and something that might have been included as part the overnight accommodation. We decided to look on it (and the wine) as a donation to an enterprise that is doing commendable work to preserve these beautiful animals.
To summarise, this is a convenient stop over en route to Etosha and would be a good place to learn about cheetahs and to get close to see one if you have not seen them in the wild.
We were a bit disappointed overall." See all these reviews: 13n in Namibia; 8n in Zimbabwe; 1n in Botswana
"Earlier iffy reports endorsed"
....However, the lodge part of the business is a long way short of being up and running. It almost feels unwanted, a new add-on that must be put up with. I don't think that cheetah conservers can possibly put hotel keeping very high up their list of priorities! So that you know about the rooms:
- There is no a/c
- There is no fridge
- There is no shade on the front side (meaning that the verandah and sitting area are unusable in the morning)
- There is no phone (meaning a 1km round trip to reception to sort anything out)
- There are no staff during the day (except at reception)(1 km round trip)
- There is no drinking water in the rooms (1km round trip)
- There is only a very limited view because of the proximity of the bush.
Having said all that, we still quite enjoyed our couple of days here. I found the food much better than an earlier review suggested and I quite liked our room despite its shortcomings. I appreciated learning about the plight of the cheetah and Laurie, the driving force behind it all, was very willing to chatter. The morning cheetah run was a bit of a damp squib, but it was nice to chat with enthusiasts.
The café for lunch had a limited menu. In fact, it only had cheese dishes whilst we were there. And no cheese was available!" See all these reviews: 19n in Namibia; 4n in South Africa
"A pleasant interlude."
The hospitality side is a new venture and there are still a few wrinkles to iron out, but we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. There is a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere here and for us it was a welcome break from early starts and long days.
On the second evening we had a splendid Sunderdowner drive with a surprising amount of wildlife, followed by a very tasty and tender steak!" See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
"New facility to see cheetahs"
NB THE CHEETAH RUN IS THE BEST ACTIVITY HERE" See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
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