Okonjima is a family business and was bought in 1993 from the parents and run now by Donna, Wyane and Rosalea Hanssen. They converted the cattle farm into a conservation project. We received an award for a documentary filmed for the Discovery Channel in 1995 & 1996. ‘Okonjima’ means ‘Place of the baboons’. It’s not just a lodge, but a home to the AfriCat Foundation.
The AfriCat Foundation and Okonjima’s mission is to make a significant contribution to conservation through education. We will continue to strive towards the long term survival of Namibia’s predators in their natural habitat. We aim to achieve this by working with commercial farmers, local communities, communal conservancies, any stakeholders, and the youth of Namibia. AfriCat supports environmental education at all ages and levels of education, rehabilitation programmes, provides solutions to human-wildlife conflict issues and conducts constructive wildlife research. Tourism funds and supports the majority of AfriCat’s Education and conservation work.
We are a home to cheetahs, leopards, lions, caracals, wild dogs, bat-eared fox, black backed jackal, Aardwolf, hyenas and other small animals. We saved more than 1000 carnivores since 1993 and 86% have been released back into the wildlife. We offer a large carnivore tracking on foot – ideal for photographers, in the radio-tracking of the ‘rehabilitated carnivores’ on the Tracking Trail within the 20 000ha rehabilitation nature reserve.
Situated 48km’s South of Otjiwarongo on B1, Namibia