Cheetah in a golden light

by Bob Shepardson
(DeBary, Florida U.S.A.)

Cheetah Mom

Cheetah Mom

Cheetah Mom
Cheetah mom and son
On a mission
Nice tail

While in Etosha we were scanning a group of Widebeest when we saw a cat in the tall grass out about 300 meters. After some examination we determined it was a cheetah. Then there were two. We sat for about half an hour or so and they started walking parallel to us. A lot of folks then saw them and drove off to a bisecting road. I liked the light where we were and stayed. The cats then made a right angle and walked directly at us. Crossing the road about 10 meters in front of our vehicle. We had a super shoot. Other cars were jockying around, but another couple and ourselves, who had not moved, had the best spot. The Cheetah then crossed the road and walked into the sun.


This was shortly before sunset, and was the perfect end to a super day. Early the next morning they were back and walked directly at us again, from the other direction, once again with the sun at our backs. Who could ask for more!

Well I guess mom could have had 3 or 4 young cubs instead of the one older boy, and they could have stopped in front of us and played, with mom jumping on the hood. Well maybe next time...

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Feb 07, 2012
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Thanks Bob!
by: Mario

We have never seen cheetah near Namutoni - just goes to show, a visitor could see the big cats anywhere in the park. The area where you saw them is known as the 'leopard triangle' because the resident leopard is often seen walking along one of the two triangle roads to Chudop (when the lions aren't there of course).

Feb 07, 2012
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by: Bob Shepardson

Mario, No it wasn't near Halali, but rather, close to Namutoni. It was in that large open area between Namutoni and the Chudop water hole. Just off the main road. We did see a Mother with two young cubs closer to Halali, but she never got the kids close enough to the road for a good shot. Took some poor to fair shots of them, but nothing to brag about. Maybe next time.

Bob

Feb 06, 2012
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Patience is the key
by: Silvya

Sometimes we are tempted to follow the other cars because we think you we may miss out on something but it is best to stay put. Well done on your patience, it paid off with these great photos!

Feb 05, 2012
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Excellent sighting and photos!
by: Mario

Thanks for sharing these Bob - cheetahs have been THE most elusive animal for us in Etosha, so well done on getting them in ideal light 2 days in a row! Did you see them near Halali?

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