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Written and photographed by Douglas Carr

“We were incredibly lucky to witness something that I am sure many people want to see, and photograph, for themselves while on safari: a cheetah hunt!

Cheetah, zebra hunt, Jaci's Lodges, Madikwe, South Africa

On an afternoon safari we spotted two cheetahs relaxing along the side of the road. As we were watching them a herd of zebra walked close by and they immediately noticed the zebra foal – an easier target compared to the large adult zebras.

Cheetah, zebra hunt, Jaci's Lodges, Madikwe, South Africa

The cheetahs slowly started stalking the foal and then all of a sudden the hunt was on! As cheetahs can reach speeds up to 120km/h, you can imaging that things were happening very fast.

Cheetah, zebra hunt, Jaci's Lodges, Madikwe, South Africa

As the one cheetah was about to pounce on the zebra foal, the mother zebra made the perfect interception. She almost ran right over the cheetah as she got between it and the foal, kicking in the air as they galloped off.

Cheetah, zebra hunt, Jaci's Lodges, Madikwe, South Africa

It was an amazing wildlife experience and best of all it was an unsuccessful hunt as the zebra foal lived to see another day.

Cheetah, zebra hunt, Jaci's Lodges, Madikwe, South Africa

The cheetahs collapsed in the middle of the road to catch their breath while watching the zebras disappear into the bush, listening as the herd’s alarm calls slowly faded into the distance.”

Cheetah, Jaci's Lodges, Madikwe, South Africa
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Jaci's Lodges

Situated in Madikwe you can expect friendly and personal service assuring an African Safari to be remembered. Jaci's Lodges are vibrant combinations of colour, canvas, shaggy thatch and breathtaking raised walkways. Imagine fire cooked & starlit meals - heaven indeed! Perfect for romantic safaris and that bush escape.