Cheetah Ecolodge is located at the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Otjiwarongo, Namibia. The country has earned the nickname “CheetahCapital of the World” for having the greatest density of wild cheetah of any place on Earth, thanks to CCF’s Founder and Executive Director Dr. Laurie Marker and the efforts of CCF staff and volunteers. Dr. Marker relocated to Namibia from the United States of America in 1990, and built CCF into a world-class scientific research facility with an education center and lodgings.
Her first visit to Namibia in 1977 was an eye-opening experience, as she witnessed the widespread killing of cheetahs. Considered vermin by local farmers, the cheetah was being killed by the hundreds. Dr. Marker decided to take action, combining her background in farming with her experience working with cheetahs at both Wildlife Safari in Oregon and The Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC, she began reaching out to local farmers building relationships and teaching predator friendly farming techniques.
CCF’s annual impact on the local Namibian economy is projected to top US$7.3 million in 2017, measured by increased tourism, educational opportunities and job creation. Due to Dr. Marker and CCF’s influence, Namibia now proudly claims Otjiwarongo as “Cheetah Capital of the World” and recognizes the economic value in having healthy, thriving wildlife on its lands. We hope you will join us, see the work first-hand, and enjoy the wildlife and the beauty of Namibia.