One lovely afternoon I took a group of guests staying at a private Bush Villa on an exciting game drive. We ventured past the waterhole and saw some very playful hippos splashing about in the water. On our way to the main gate something flashed passed us which caught my eye. As we moved closer we saw 2 cheetahs lying on one of the contour lines. This was an amazing moment as two of the children on the drive had mentioned that the cheetah happened to be their favorite animal. This was a special moment for both the children and me as I watched their eyes sparkle with excitement. As we moved a little closer the cheetah began to play together in front of the vehicle, as if they had planned a little production for us. One of the cheetahs sprinted passed in such a way that it almost collided with the vehicle.
This was an amazing experience that was enjoyed by all.
By Henk Truter
Some interesting facts about cheetahs:
- Size: 30 inches at the shoulder
- Weight: 110 to 140 pounds
- Lifespan: 10 to 20 years
- Habitat: Open plains
- Diet: Smaller antelopes
- Gestation: 90 to 95 days
- Predators: Eagles, humans, hyenas, lions