Okonjima Nature Reserve
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.
- Track cheetah, wild dog and hyena on foot or by vehicle
- Healthy populations of antelope and exciting nocturnal species including porcupine, honey badgers and caracal
- Excellent birding, more than 250 species including several Namibian endemic species
Min 20°C/68°F Max 40°C/104°F
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.
- Best time to travelYear Round
- Traveling with ChildrenNamibia is a wonderful destination for a family safari and there are plenty of activities for children, like sand boarding, quad biking, fishing and mountain biking.
- WildlifeTrack cheetah, wild dog and hyena on foot or by vehicle, the rehabilitated animals are carefully monitored, offering unique opportunities to learn more about them
- LanguagesEnglish is widely spoken in Namibia
- Flying to NamibiaThere are frequent flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Windhoek. Regular flights also operate between Windhoek and Swakopmund/Windhoek and Etosha.
- CurrencyThe currency is Namibian Dollar (NAD); South African Rand (ZAR) cash is accepted
Remote and untouched, Namibia offers landscapes of intense beauty, which this itinerary allows you to admire from all perspectives.
Stand on top of towering sand dunes for excellent photographic opportunities and revel in the abundance of space, silence and clear skies.
Enhance Your Experience With
- Self-guided trails within the Omboroko Mountain range offer fantastic hiking adventures
- Experience a day in the life of a Bushman - learn all about the art of making traditional artefacts, and discover how the San adapt and survive in such an unforgiving wilderness environment
- Embark on an exhilarating guided walking safari to track cheetah on foot
- With the abundance of animal and bird life, as well as spectacular scenery, Okonjima is a photographer's paradise
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