“Cheetah,” derived from the Hindi word “Chita” means the spotted one. Ironically, while our reserve is home to an array of free roaming wildlife, there is unfortunately just one cheetah that remains on the reserve. He is a six year old male and despite being the only one, he does very well and survives using various methods.
On a recent afternoon game drive, one of our rangers witnessed our beloved cheetah have a close encounter with two hyenas – another efficient predator that threatens a cheetah’s survival rate. These hyenas were relentless and chased the cheetah down a steep trail. The swift hunter that he is, he eventually sought refuge in an abandoned warthog burrow and patiently waited for the hyenas to lose interest. As soon as the hyenas’ attention was diverted, he very nimbly made his escape. Being the fastest land mammal that can reach speeds of over 100 km/h ensured he’d eventually outrun his predators, no matter how persistent they were.
The next time you visit our lodge, be on the lookout for him.