N/a'an ku se Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary
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Interacting with Cheetahs in Namibia
After a week on safari in South Africa, we arrived in Namibia via the Windhoek International Airport and a long, dusty ride in the dark. We were taken to one of the six chalets that would be our home for the next few nights and went to sleep. We awoke the next morning to the most beautiful view of the bush veldt and a delicious breakfast. And then we were off to meet Na/an ku se Sanctuary & Foundation founder and our host - Marlice van Vuuren. With Marlice, we toured the property and had a chance to meet members of the conservation team and interact with cheetahs. There are other places in Africa where interaction with animals is possible, but there is something very special about N/an ku se. Not only is Marlice working on animal conservation - primarily but not exclusively cheetahs - but she is also dedicated to improving the lives of the San Bushman community through education and healthcare. We were fortunate enough to be at N/an ku se when three orphaned cheetah cubs arrived as it allowed us to witness firsthand the skill and compassion of Marlice and her team. This was our second trip to Africa and our first to Namibia. From N/an ku se, we headed to the Sossusvlei region of the Namib Desert for an entirely different experience...but I'll save that for another Highlight.
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