Ashia is a world-class cheetah sanctuary and working farm outside Paarl in South Africa’s Western Cape. A 45-minute drive from Cape Town, Ashia lies nestled at the food of the dramatic Drakenstein Mountains which provide the perfect setting for the sanctuary’s conservation and environmental education programmes. Founded to help to prevent the further decline of the cheetah population, Cheetah Experience Ashia's goal is to support other ethical and sustainable conservation initiatives, particularly programmes aimed at reintroducing cheetahs into the protected wild.
Ashia’s Wilding and Release Project, financed and managed by Ashia Cheetah Conservation NPC, went into operation in September 2018 with the release of a captive born female cheetah onto Kuzuko, a 15,000ha private game reserve in the Eastern Cape.
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Luxurious accommodation offers guests the opportunity to experience farm life first hand. Guests and day visitors alike can refresh and eat at the Café, browse through the boutique shop or explore the beauty and diversity of the farm on foot.
Ashia provides the opportunity to meet the cheetahs within a safe area. Weekly, as well as private, Cheetah runs allow guests to watch and photograph the world’s fastest land mammal. Guided tours provide guests with a first-hand peak into Ashia’s Cheetah conservation efforts and projects.
Ashia also offers the opportunity to contribute in aiding conservation initiatives through its volunteer programmes, working holidays and research / internship programmes.