Cheetah

Surely one of the big cats we remember most vividly from childhood with that classic question, ‘which is the fastest land animal on the planet?’. Of course, it’s the stunningly beautiful cheetah and a prime example of evolution taking the competitive advantage of a predator species to a whole new level. However, what is a strength, is also a weakness, as that light, agile, body built for speed, cannot protect its kills from the many other opportunistic predators which roams the plains of Africa.

So how does a cheetah hunt unfold? Firstly, they use their exceptional vision to scan the savannah to understand the distribution and movement of their prey, which is often one of the antelope species. They may sit on a raised platform to do this, like a rocky area or grass mound and many of you will have seen some of these intelligent big cats using the bonnets or roofs of safari vehicles. The cheetah is a daylight hunter, so it will use this intelligence to switch into stealth mode and then use its camouflaged coat to blend into the grasses which are often a food source for its prey. It then simply explodes with similar acceleration characteristics to an expensive sports car, taking under 3 seconds to reach 60 mph.

Each hunt requires a huge amount of energy and so it is important that they it is not only successful, but that the cheetah is able to eat quickly before other more powerful predators arrive on the scene; such as leopards, hyena and lions.

The cheetah is classified as vulnerable by the IUCN and there has traditionally been a lot of conflict between them and rural farmers. One of the greatest threats to the future of the cheetah in the wild is human-wildlife conflict. Over 90 percent of cheetahs live outside protected management areas, meaning that they live alongside human communities. Many of these communities breed sheep and goats which are targeted by the cheetahs as prey.

Wild Dog Magic in Botswana and South Africa

The chance to see African wild dogs, or African painted dogs as they are sometimes referred to, is high on many wildlife lovers wish list. It is important to remember that this is one of the rarest canids in the world and sadly is on the endangered ‘Red List’ of IUCN. Loss of habitat and human conflict are the main reasons for their decline; so it is more important than ever to conserve and protect the few remaining strong holds of this charismatic species. Over the years, Wildlife Trails have enjoyed considerable success in photographing this species and with this knowledge we have created safari holidays which visit the best places to see wild dogs at the right time of year.

Style - Bespoke Wildlife
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 10
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Price (Excl. flights)
£6000
Safari on the Edge of the Kalahari Desert

If you enjoy the path less travelled and seeing a greater diversity of wildlife, then a camping safari to the edge of the Kalahari in Botswana could be for you. This 7 day bespoke Botswana wildlife holiday spends 3 nights each in Nxai and Madadakagdi Pans. There is plentiful resident wildlife in the Nxai Pan National Park which is mainly desert adapted species such as springbok, gemsbok, ostrich and brown hyena. During the summer months this population is swelled by elephant, zebra, eland, giraffe and wildebeest. The pans are one of the best places to see wild cheetahs in Botswana and prides of lions also follow the seasonal migrations.

Style - Wildlife Adventurer
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 7
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Price (Excl. flights)
£3500
Big Cat Magic in the Serengeti and Mara

Can you really wish for more than three dream wildlife destinations in the same safari? This amazing private big cat safari in Tanzania and Kenya, combines a 3 night stay in the northern Serengeti to coincide with the great wildebeest migration, with a full day drive into the world famous Ngorongoro crater, before heading back to Arusha via a quick visit to Tarangire national park. You then fly to Nairobim where you have a night to catch your breath, before driving to the Masai Mara for a 4 night stay at the dearly loved Mara Bush Camp – where you will stay in the private wing. All your safaris will be in a Covid-19 secure vehicle, with just yourself and the driver/naturalist heading out on the game drives.

Style - Bespoke Wildlife
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 13
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When to Go
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Price (Excl. flights)
£4490
Big Cat Magic in the Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is one of those most special of wildlife places in the world which just keeps you wanting to come back for more and more. We know that from many regular clients who visit multiple times a year and it is one of those safari destinations which can deliver great wildlife encounters outside of the main high season, which runs from July to October. It is without doubt one of the best places in the world to see big cats and it is not unsual in the Mara to have regular sightings of the Big 3; Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. This June departure will see cheaper options available on international flights and less crowds in the park, so why not join us on this Big Cat safari at Mara Intrepids in June 2021.

Style - Bespoke Wildlife
Duration (Excl. Flights) - 10
Activity Level
When to Go
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Price (Excl. flights)
£2590