For a more intimate visit with Namibia’s graceful cheetahs, guests can stay at the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s exclusive Babson House.
The luxurious guest house sleeps up to six people in three comfortable rooms in a cozy converted farmhouse. The property resembles a colonial-style African lodge. The comfortable bedrooms include fans, mosquito nets, tea and coffee makers, an in-room safe, and an en suite bathroom. But the private veranda has to be the room’s best feature. It’s the perfect spot to relax in a comfy chair while taking in the beautiful views of the colorful Waterberg Plateau and watching the resident cheetahs only a few feet away.
Babson House is located at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Otjiwarongo near Waterberg Plateau National Park. The park encompasses the orange and red sandstone plateau and savannas below. Twenty-five species of mammal including Cape buffalo, giraffe, kudu, impala, warthog, sable and roan live here. Leopards, cheetah, caracal, black-backed and brown hyena can be found on the plateau or in the savannah below. Naturally, the star attractions here are CCF’s resident cheetahs. These lithe cats are built for speed and can run up to sixty miles per hour. CCF is not only home to these orphaned cats, it includes an important education center and model dairy and creamery to educate visitors and farmers about these endangered animals and how to live in peace with them.