Kalahari Cheetahs are regular visitors along the dry river beds of the Auob and Nossob Rivers. Frequently hunting in these areas allows for excellent sightings. These three cheetahs have been in the Nossob River for some weeks now. One early morning we came across them on our first green Kalahari foto safari of the 2022 season. At first glance, mom and two sub-adults were out of sight in the tall grass on top of a dune. Often cheetahs hide on the high ground overlooking the river beds where the herd of springbok and wildebeest are unaware of their presence.
Mom was leading the way, and the two subadults followed without hesitation on mom’s reaction. The patience of cheetahs is incredible, then the stalking ability through the long grass. During the green Kalahari season, the herds of antelope are gathering and calving along the river beds. As we call them this morning, the three musketeers were following slowly down the dunes towards a herd of wildebeest. It is unbelievable how fast they walk and how cautious they approach. The Mom was leading and the sub-adults follow without any noise. They keep looking at the mother and waiting for a reaction or sign to commit to the hunt.
The kalahari cheetahs blend with their surroundings and disappear on a regular basis in the long bushmen grass of the Kalahari. This morning was not our lucky morning, but it was a lucky day for the wildebeest herd. After a late reaction, the mother cheetah started charging with the following sub-adults. The speed is unbelievable and at the final stretch as a last-minute decision of the wildebeest to move to the left, the charging cheetah was just too fast to redirect the route of the attack. After following for 10 km and spending four hours we had a great start to the first day of our foto safari.
Cheetahs are the fastest terrestrial animal and are classified as vulnerable. Please add to sightings board when spotting cheetahs in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.