Cheetah Safari: Join me in South Africa


Sibella & her cubs at Samara Private Game Reserve

South Africa. The Cheetah. You.
March 4 – 11, 2016

6 day, 7 night Safari into the Phinda & Samara Private Game Reserves.

Join Conservation Photographer, Marcy Mendelson, on a journey into the cheetah’s world.  Visiting two of the very best locations in all of South Africa for cheetah tracking, this safari is tailor-made to make the most of big cat viewing in unique eco-systems and luxurious accommodations.

Your participation supports Samara’s Matriarch Cheetah, Sibella.  The first cheetah seen in the Great Karoo in 125 years, rescued from certain death to rise from trauma and become a great huntress and wild super-mom, Sibella’s story is a conservation inspiration for the world!

Read Marcy’s story of Sibella in National Geographic News Watch:
The Return of the Cheetah

$6200 per person sharing includes all inter-African flights and transportation
Inquire to reserve your spot:

1 Night in Johannesburg

Relax after your journey and settle in to the time zone at the Residence Houghton Boutique Hotel

3 Nights in Phinda:

Dr. Luke Hunter of Panthera studied the success of the reintroduced cheetahs to Phinda in the late 1990s.  Now in 2015, the cheetahs live on.

“Phinda has illustrated that eco-tourism can be a profitable and successful way to use land and people in the region are now viewing wildlife with greater tolerance. Phinda is also one of the finest reserves in Africa to see cheetahs and many visitors come there specifically to enjoy unsurpassed viewing. “ – Dr. Luke Hunter, 1997

Thanks to its coastal rainfall pattern, &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve enjoys a lush green environment that contains seven distinct ecosystems. &Beyond Phinda is often referred to as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder.’ This fascinating variety of landscape and vegetation shelters an abundance of wildlife, including not only the Big Five but many rarer and less easily spotted species, such as the elusive cheetah or the scarce black rhino.

With only a handful of lodges sharing an area of 23,000 hectares, and expert rangers and trackers in search of prime wildlife sightings, guests are assured an exclusive game viewing experience.

Your Accommodations

Zulu-Zen grace of Forest Lodge, Phinda

Phinda Forest Lodge:

Often called “Zulu-Zen”, exquisite architectural design meets conservation in these luxurious hand-crafted suites. Set deep in the heart of a rare dry Sand Forest, the Lodge comprises 16 private stilted suites, a sparkling rim-flow swimming pool, luxurious dining and sitting areas, and an expansive viewing deck with panoramic views of the game-filled plains.

3 Nights in Samara:

View from Eagle Rock on Samara Private Game Reserve

Samara Private Game Reserve is a truly unique spot in South Africa.  It hosts one of the only known ancient wall paintings that depict a cheetah by the Khoisan people.  How fitting for this beautiful landscape to see the reintroduction of cheetah for the first time in 125 years!

Samara has also been instrumental in blocking the destructive practice of fracking in the region and has plans to combine neighboring parks, creating one of the largest conservation areas in South Africa.

“Heart-stoppingly beautiful” is how award-winning Samara Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape is best described. Elegant lodges provide luxury accommodation nestled between an amphitheatre of mountains on 70,000 acres, where wildlife roams again. An amazing life-changing and wonderfully relaxing experience awaits, so come and walk with the cheetah as you celebrate the rebirth of a unique piece of Africa and experience a luxury safari in the Graaff-Reinet region of the Eastern Cape.

Your Accommodations:

The Karoo Lodge entrance at Samara

Samara Karoo Lodge:

Surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of mountains, Karoo Lodge sits in perfect serenity in the reserve’s pristine wilderness. Combining colonial comforts with the essence of Mother Nature, the Lodge treats you to exceptional service, enabling you to relax and allow the tranquillity of the Karoo to envelop your soul.

Drinks with a view at Samara

Return to Johannesburg or optional travel on to Cape Town to continue your South African adventures.

About your guide:

Marcy Mendelson has been chasing cheetah across Africa since 2011, traveling with NGOs, interviewing local communities and reporting on the beautiful diversity of African cultures for National Geographic, Africa Geographic and AFAR.  As AFAR Media’s Official Safari Correspondent,she is excited to provide guidance on wildlife photography and digital storytelling while sharing her knowledge and passion for the world’s fastest land animal.

One Comment

  1. Posted 5 Nov ’14 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    wow this a very closest pic the cheetah in our lodge. How handle the situation. I am feeling excited about seeing this type of animal in my trip.

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