Namibia’s cheetah rehab holidays
The CCF, a biological research project, focuses on cheetah rehabilitation and collecting biological data about the cats. Volunteers help in the onsite animal care clinic and undertake tasks around the property, including feedings and cleaning cheetah enclosures. Volunteers can also help raise the Anatolian sheepdog puppies, which the CCF gives to local farmers to help protect their livestock against cheetahs. This also reduces the likelihood that local cheetahs will get shot.
Volunteers can stay in shared, dorm-style rooms in one of the farmhouses on the property, or they can request the luxurious, 1940s colonial-style Babson House, which has a private chef and a (domesticated) cheetah as a next door neighbour. It sleeps six, has large airy rooms and a terrace overlooking the savannah.
When to go
Namibia is coolest and driest from May to September. July to September are the best months to go, when the weather is temperate and mild. January to March is rainy season (14 inches on average through the period), but it is also when a lot of animals give birth.