Visiting CCF Namibia
The Waterberg Plateau
50 kilometres from Otjiwarongo, hidden in the heart of Namibia, the Waterberg Plateau rises 300 metres from the plains, providing a natural haven for wildlife. Several land owners have formed a group to protect this unspoiled and magical region. Each ranch offers a variety of activities for the visitor, from safari game drives and wilderness trails, to cheetah viewing and visits to local Herero villages. Or you can simply relax and enjoy a cocktail, watching a classic African sunset. This timeless region is an ideal 'stepping stone' between Windhoek and Etosha National Park, the wilderness of Kaokofeld, tiger fishing on the Okavango River, or the spectacular dunes of the coast. But beware, the Waterberg has a mystical quality -- You may never want to leave!
Visiting CCF Namibia
CCF's focus is on research, conservation and education. An extensive modern Visitor and Education Centre encourages visitors to learn about cheetahs, their habitat and issues of conservation, with an opportunity to see resident non-releasable cheetahs, acting as 'cheetah ambassadors' for the species. A stop over at CCF makes a very worthwhile, enjoyable and informative visit for the tourist.
The large modern Education Centre houses a museum that provides visitors and students the opportunity to learn more about the behaviour and biology of the cheetah, and the Namibian ecosystem that supports Africa's most endangered cat species. The excellent graphics and interactive displays in the centre bring the visitor through the history of the cheetah from pre-history to modern times, and explain how their range and numbers have diminished. Other exhibits show where the cheetah fits into the cat species family tree, how the cheetah differs from the 36 other cat species, how the cheetah is adapted for a high speed sprint and its specialised hunting techniques, and finally, the cheetah's life-cycle from cub to adult. A life-size 'playtree' shows the importance of these trees in a cheetah's territory.
Continuing through the Education Centre, the visitor can learn about other aspects of conservation and the work of CCF: for example, how the cheetah lives within an ecosystem together with prey, and how farmers can live with cheetahs on their land by using non-lethal predator control methods, a prime example being the use of Kangal Anatolian Livestock Guarding Dogs from Turkey. CCF has been promoting the use of these dogs since 1994, breeding and donating them to Namibian farmers to guard their flocks. Finally, a Future Room highlights the need for continued research so that humans and nature can live together.
The Research Centre houses a veterinary clinic, laboratory and main offices. The Visitor's Centre has a large meeting room, gift shop, verandah and the predator preyground' outside is a learning area for school groups and children of all ages. Enjoy the view of the Waterberg Plateau from the verandah, and relax in the landscaped courtyard with native gardens and an attractive sculpture of a cheetah.
- CCF is open daily, all year round, from 9am-5pm, except on Christmas day.
- Reservations are not required for standard day tours.
- Staff are available to show visitors around the Centre and answer questions.
- Visitors can observe cheetahs being fed (M-F around 2 p.m., Sat-Sun at noon) — call 067-306 225 to confirm feeding times).
- Beautiful cheetah gifts are available at CCF's Gift Shop.
- Enjoy a selection of light lunches at "The Cheetah Restaurant", bring your own picnic lunch, or simply relax in our veranda overlooking the magnificent Waterberg Plateau. Set menus and buffets are available to larger groups on advance notice.
- As a not-for-profit Trust, CCF funds its research and education activities entirely from donations, therefore, a minimum donation of N$180.00 per person is expected for your standard visit. (N=Namibian dollars) This donation will be waived, or discounted from other special activities, to any donors who have given over US$500 to CCF within a year (one per donor - please contact us before your visit).
View this video posted by CCF Visitor. Slide the time ruler to the 5-minute mark to view the section about CCF. For a larger view, click on the video to open on YouTube.
Watch cheetahs run, take a cheetah safari, or even meet our Cheetah Ambassadors. These and other amazing activities can be booked through Exclusive Reservations & Marketing, CCF's EcoTourism agent in Namibia. Please contact us if you are a >$500 donor prior to booking your special activities through Exclusive Reservations. Read more about these exciting activites on Travel Namibia magazine. Click here.
For information, rates and bookings on all special activities offered by CCF, please download the online brochure by clicking here.
For additional information and questions:
Exclusive Reservations & Marketing
Read reviews about Cheetah Conservation Fund on TripAdvisor.
CCF is situated 44Km from Otjiwarongo on the D2440 (drive north on the B1 towards Tsumeb or Otavi; as you leave Otjiwarongo there is a brown sign to CCF; take this road right and follow it to CCF; it takes about 45 minutes driving from Otjiwarongo). We are about 3.5 hours drive from Windhoek; we are also 3.5 hours from the Namutoni gate and 2.5 hours from Okakuejo gate in Etosha. The Google map below provides driving directions from Windhoek International Airport to CCF.
Latitude: 20 28' 46.8" S
Longitude: 17 03' 03.0" E
Limited overnight accommodations on site are now available for up to six guests at the luxurious and spacious Babson House. For details, please click here.Here are direct links to some of the nearby lodges, hotels and guest farms, as well as camping information:
Aloegrove Safari Lodge: http://www.aloegrove.com/
African Wilderness Trails & REST: http://namibweb.com/awt.htm
Bush Pillow: http://www.bushpillow.hypermart.net/
C'est Si Bon Hotel: http://www.cestsibonhotel.com/
Frans Indongo Lodge: http://www.indongolodge.com/
Otjibamba Country Lodge: http://www.otjibamba.com/
Padberg Bed & Breakfast: http://www.padbergbedandbreakfast.com/
Waterberg Guest Farms: http://www.waterbergnamibia.com/
There is no camping at CCF. Some recommended locations are :
Frans Indongo Campsite - indongo(at)mweb.com.na
Kudubos Campsite - fanieb(at)mweb.com.na
Hohenfeld Campsite - micki(at)iway.na
They are located approximately 70-80 km from CCF.
Visit the official Namibia Tourism Board site for all kinds of general information on Namibia: http://www.namibiatourism.com.na/
Republic of Namibia - Official government site provides information on the structure of the Namibian Government, its functions, activities and policies. www.grnnet.gov.na
Maps? Here is a great web site: http://www.map-of-namibia.com/
General information about Namibia and other places to visit: The Cardboard Box.
Also visit www.natron.net/etour.htm, the Namibia Travel Online site, the most up-to-date of all tourism websites in Namibia
For a comprehensive look at Namibia you might like to visit: https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/wa.html
A great and very informative web site by Kamati-Chinkoti Mwalimushi C., a Political Science Ph.D. candidate at UNAM (University of Namibia): http://www.my-beautiful-namibia.com/index.html
Rainer Jenss, special correspondent at National Geographic Traveler, traveled around the world with his wife and two sons, and blogged about his experience here on Intelligent Travel. Read about their experience at CCF here.
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