Conservation & Community
Care of the Land
Care of the Wildlife
Care of the People
&Beyond is the world's leader in luxury experiential travel and safaris. Our roots are in Africa and South Asia, where we run 33 magical safari lodges and camps in the most breathtaking parts of the continent and, through this, sustain hundreds of rural communities and millions of acres of precious, sometimes endangered wildlife land.
Okonjima, born of the desire to find balance for cattle farmers and predators, is now a game reserve home to the beloved AfriCat foundation
Half way between Windhoek and Etosha lies the well-known Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 96 kilometre fence surrounding the 22 000 ha Okonjima private, Nature Reserve was finally completed in 2010. Okonjima, home of The AfriCat Foundation, was established as a small 'guest farm' in 1986. For many years, Val (VJ) & Rose Hanssen had been avid cattle farmers until the need for solutions to increasing livestock losses and post-independence interest in Namibia as a tourist destination, changed the face of Okonjima, as well as that of Carnivore Conservation.
The AfriCat Foundation is based on the farm Okonjima (central Namibia) and the farm Kaross (northwest Namibia). This mutually beneficial relationship allows for interested visitors to experience, first hand, the works of The Project, gaining valuable insight into carnivore conservation and, at the same time, creating the platform for donating much-needed funds to The Project and its Programmes.
Although hunting is instinctive in carnivores, many of the cheetahs at AFRICAT lack experience due to being orphaned or removed from the wild at an early age. This inexperience, as well as their conditioning to captivity, makes them unsuitable for release. The 200km (20 000ha) NATURE RESERVE | PARK, provides captive cheetahs and other carnivores with the opportunity to hone their hunting skills and become self-sustaining and thereby giving them a chance to return to the wild.
Summer (October-April)Min 20°C/68°F Max 40°C/104°F
Winter (May-September)Min 0°C/32°F Max 23°C/73°F
Rainfall: October - April. Summer is great for birds and game, autumn is for evening walks on dunes. In winter the skies light up and in spring wildlife is born.
GEMS OF NAMIBIA
Explore remote wilderness, majestic mountains and famous red sand dunes. This is a photographer and nature lover's paradise where you will also take part in coastal adventures in romantic Swakopmund.
See the mist-enshrouded coastline of the Skeleton Coast.
Stand on top of towering sand dunes for excellent photographic opportunities and revel in the abundance of space, silence and clear skies.
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