Cheetah Experience Ashia is a world-class cheetah sanctuary and working farm outside Paarl in South Africa’s Western Cape, a mere 45 minute drive from Cape Town. An African name meaning ‘life and hope’, Ashia lies nestled at the foot of the dramatic Drakenstein mountains, providing the perfect setting for the sanctuary’s conservation and environmental education programmes.
Founded to help to prevent the further decline of the cheetah population, Ashia supports conservation initiatives through its efforts to release captive-bred cheetahs back into a protected wild. Ashia’s Cheetah Release Programme is financed and managed by Ashia Cheetah Conservation, a registered non-profit company. Ashia also offers the opportunity to contribute in aiding conservation initiatives through its volunteer programmes, working holidays and research/ internship programmes.
Ashia offers small groups of visitors to the farm the opportunity to come and learn more about the cheetah, why it is endangered and the efforts conservationists are making to assist the future of this vulnerable animal.
Guests have the opportunity to participate in cheetah experiences, weekly cheetah runs, private cheetah runs, cheetah walks, volunteer for a day, and farm tours.
Luxurious accommodation offers guests the opportunity to experience farm life first-hand. Four spacious suites (3 x one-bedroom and 1 x two-bedroom) offer sumptuous comfort in relaxed surroundings, each en-suite with a fully equipped kitchenette.
Guests and day visitors alike can refresh and eat at the Café with its sweeping views over the Drakenstein mountains, browse through the extensive selection of high end gifts and memorabilia in the Boutique Shop, or explore the beauty and diversity of the farm on foot.
It is notable to mention that Ashia is a not-for-profit undertaking. All surplus raised from our operations are used to fund and support our cheetah release programme. Ashia is also Fair Trade Tourism certified in three categories – attractions, volunteers and accommodation.