We’ll Make This Quick – Cheetahs For #AfricaFactFriday

Ladies and gentlemen, don’t start your engines but instead fulfill your need for speed by considering this. A cheetah can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles an hour in 3 seconds. One. Two. Three and a cheetah is going full speed. When you visit Kenya, for example, we promise you that your safari vehicle even the best of them will be able accelerate from 0 to maybe 10 miles an hour in the same amount of time.

Where are the best places to see cheetahs now? There are four regions of Africa where your chances are pretty good. We say pretty good because any time you’re tracking an animal that can run as fast as a cheetah in a vehicle that only dreams of moving that fast, like is true with all wildlife, there are no guarantees.

However, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Eastern Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) all have fairly healthy populations. In Kenya, the range of the cheetah population has shrunk considerably over the years, but they still occupy 23% of their original territory. When one considers that cheetahs have been around for an estimated 4 million years, that’s actually not too bad.

Another quick note.

When cheetahs run, they use their tails like a skipper uses the rudder on a boat – making turning possible and quick. Cheetahs actually don’t run after their prey for great distances but slowly sneak up on them and will attack, typically, when they are less than twenty yards away.

You do the math. A slow antelope versus a cheetah that can go from 0 to 60 in three seconds over a space of twenty yards. Well, at least it will be all over quickly one hopes.

Two more fun cheetah facts – and we welcome you to share yours via Twitter and #africafactfriday. The Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya has a very healthy population of cheetahs and we recommend you consider visiting there – if you do, a portion of your trip’s costs will go directly to the conservancy and to their efforts to preserve the population there. We’re certain they’ll be quick to thank you.

Last one – cheetahs can run twice as fast as an elite thoroughbred horse. Now, we’ve never seen a cheetah chase down a horse at the Kentucky Derby but it’s interesting to think that if there were cheetahs in Kentucky, the cheetah could.

This isn’t a cheetah fact but it’s a very interesting opportunity for anyone who loves cheetahs and might be interested in a volunteer project working with these amazing animals. Our friends at African Impact have a great program in South Africa with lots of different options and some great pricing as well – here are more details.

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TGIF – It’s Time For The Very First Africa Fact Friday. #africafactfriday

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Africa is a wonderful, amazing and mind-boggling place. That’s why we think it’s the best place in the world to visit and not only should it be on your bucket list, well, we think it IS the bucket list.

And at the top of the bucket list that is Africa, you have to go on a walking safari – there’s nothing in the world like being on the ground, walking around a tree and seeing elephants on the other side. And, at the top of the African walking safari bucket list is a walking safari in Botswana at Tuli Wilderness Camp.

But first, the facts of the day. You see, every Friday here at Travel On The Good, we’re going to share three facts about Africa and then we’re going to share one amazing deal as well. Here are today’s facts and if you have a fact that you would like to share, just tweet it out using the hashtag #africafactfriday.

Did you know that there are more people with Internet access in New York City alone than there are are in the whole of the continent of Africa? And when you consider that Africa is the second largest continent, that means there’s a lot of places in Africa where it’s pretty easy to go off line.

Speaking of the grid, every single day, 25% of the earth’s sunlight falls on Africa. It’s not just the size of the continent that makes this happen, it’s also where the continent is positioned on the globe.

Finally, the Nile stretches over 6,000 kilometers from start to finish. To give this some American perspective, imagine a river starting in Boston and then going to Los Angeles and then flowing up to Seattle and over to Idaho. No wonder people call the Nile the greatest river in the world.

So what’s the deal with Tuli Wilderness Camp in Botswana? Pretty amazing.

Today, the Tuli Wilderness Camp is offering a special Botswana Walking Safari package for two people for five nights anytime between now and November 15, 2014 for only $2,000.

Email us by end of day Monday July 28 for more information on this deal. james@travelonthegood.com will answer your questions quickly. And get ready to lace up your hiking boots.

Now, since we are Travel On The Good, and we put together these amazing deals so you can have the experience of the lifetime but also so that your hard-earned travel dollars really help in the communities that you are visiting, a portion of your trip’s price will be donated to Happy Africa Foundation.  Happy Africa Foundation is a remarkable group that works in communities all across Africa, focusing on issues such as health and nutrition, education and empowering families.

For this trip, a minimum of $100 per person will be donated to Happy Africa Foundation by Travel On The Good.

If you have a great Africa fact, please post it via #africafactfriday and we’ll retweet.

If you have any questions about Travel On The Good, again, please email James at james@travelonthegood.com. If, for example, you love Tuli but really want to go to Uganda, we can help with that as well – and your trip will help save the gorillas.

If you’re ready to go to Tuli and hit the ground walking, now you know why we say that Travel On The Good is the only way to save.