Ker & Downey itinerary immerses guests in cheetah conservation efforts

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Cheetah cubs playing at Samara Karoo Reserve.
Cheetah cubs playing at Samara Karoo Reserve. Photo Credit: Ker & Downey

Ker & Downey Africa launched a 13-day Cheetah Conservation LuxVenture itinerary as part of the company's series of conservation safaris. Designed for those seeking a meaningful conservation experience, the itinerary invites participants to actively participate in conservation initiatives and leave a positive legacy in Africa.

"Highly endangered cheetah populations are decreasing due to habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict and the illegal exotic pet trade," said Sarah Morris, general manager of private clients. "South Africa is the only country in the world with a significantly increasing population of wild cheetahs. This itinerary aims to bring awareness to the incredible work being done to support this endangered species while directly supporting the sanctuaries and conservation initiatives included in the trip."

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The adventure begins in Cape Town, where travelers will stay at the historical Cape Grace hotel for three nights. In between exploring the iconic Mother City and Cape Winelands, they will visit the Ashia Cheetah Center in Paarl. Here, guests will learn about the sanctuary's mission to reintroduce cheetahs to reserves and national parks in southern Africa as well as witness the world's fastest land mammals at full throttle as part of their daily exercise schedule.

The conservation safari continues at Samara Karoo Reserve in the Great Karoo. During their stay, guests will have the unique opportunity to track wild cheetah on foot and hear the story of Sibella, one of the most celebrated cats in conservation history and the first cheetah to be reintroduced to the Great Karoo in 130 years. Her story is a truly triumphant one: After her release in 2004 Sibella went on to raise an astonishing 19 cubs in the wild.

Next up guests will fly to Johannesburg, where they will spend an afternoon at the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Center, a nonprofit conservation and research organization committed to the conservation and survival of the species. The safari adventure then comes to a close with a few unforgettable nights at the luxurious Chitwa Chitwa in the game rich Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve.

Pricing for this 13-day Cheetah Conservation Safari in South Africa starts at $6,632 per person sharing and is available year-round. Visit ker-downeyafrica.com to find out more.

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