Safari Cheetah Pictures

Getting opportunities to take cheetah pictures is almost like winning the lottery. There are unfortunately very few of them left in the wild so your chances of spotting them on safari are reasonably low. But there are ways to improve your odds.

Cheetah are very territorial. This plays into your hands because if you spend enough time in their area your paths will eventually cross.

I have seen and photographed a number of them in the Kruger National Park in South Africa and many times I find out from other visitors and rangers where they have been spotted recently and then drive around in that area.

As they are the only cats to hunt regularly during the day you have a decent chance to capture their attempts if you can follow them, which is only really feasible in places like the Masai Mara and some private reserves.

Otherwise you are more likely to see them lying in the shade of a tree trying to escape the midday sun. When you do find them there is normally more than one so keep an eye out for interaction which always makes for good cheetah photos.

They also have an endearing habit of climbing on top of the highest point in the area to scan the surroundings which will provide you with pictures of cheetah on termite mounds, fallen tree trunks, hillocks and even safari vehicles.

Cheetah Drinking

Safari Areas

There are not many of them left in the world so the areas where you can still take wild cheetah pictures are limited. The Masai Mara and Serengeti in East Africa are good bets as are Namibia and Botswana in Southern Africa.

Cheetah Cub


They don't come much cuter than cheetah cubs. They stick close to their mom for the first few months and then start becoming more adventurous and boisterous as they get older. There are normally two or three babies in every litter.

King Cheetah

King Cheetah

The bigger spots and darker markings of the king cheetah are caused by a recessive gene and not because they are a different subspecies. They are extremely rare and the first one was only discovered in 1926 in Zimbabwe.

Cheetah Yawn


These beautiful cats are the fastest animals on earth and need lots of open space to chase after their prey. All that running leaves them drained of energy so they also need a bit of shade in which to rest between hunting sessions.

Cheetah Kill

© John Milbank - Highly Endangered

Cheetah pictures opportunities are scarce in the wild because their numbers dropped a lot, but fortunately serious attempts are being made to ensure its survival. There are approximately 12,000 of them left in Africa.

Cheetah Family


This is the only cat that can't retract its claws fully due to the fact that it needs every bit of traction it can get to reach the high speeds it does when running. How fast can it run? Up to a staggering 110 kmph (70 mph) over short distances.