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Harnas Wildlife Foundation

Harnas Wildlife Foundation is situated in Gobabis, 4.3km from the Harnas Wildlife Foundation. It was originally fenced as a cattle farm and was the main source of income for its residents. Nick and Marieta van der Merwe started with Harnas when they rescued a vervet monkey from abuse by its owners. They took care of the lions from the South African zoo and started helping many other animals over the years. Harnas was opened to the public in 1993.  It has been actively involved in the care, rehabilitation and rescue of abused, abandoned and neglected animals for the past 30 years.

Harnas means “to protect the heart”. It seeks to protect the heart of the country, a heart that is made of animals, people and landscapes. It features a garden with outdoor pool, a bar and restaurant. Free Wi-Fi is available at the lodge. It has a curio shop for the guests who still want to take a few souvenirs with. The lodge has a terrace and a restaurant on site with barbeque facilities.

Harnas was originally established for the protection of animals, and has grown to include welfare projects and nature conservation, as well as comfortable accommodation and hospitality services to support this claim.

Harnas offers units and cottages – Upper Market Accommodation to Standard Accommodation. Some rooms have air-conditioning and a lounge with satellite TV. The self-catering units have a small kitchen, fitted with microwave and toaster. Most rooms have en-suite bathroom, coffee/tea facilities and game viewing possibility.

Families are welcome; it’s relatively safe for children at the lodge environment. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children at all times, most of all on activities. Our Lapa in the central communal area is situated on the main lawn where guests can find several tame wildlife roam free. Baboons can be seen behind the main area at the Chachma Baboon enclosures. We have a Boma on the one side of the Lapa, where African traditional “braai” is held.

Harnas has been actively developing and running projects like – The Lifeline Project, The Wild Dog Project, The Cheetah Project, Harnas Animal Clinic, GPS tracking and documenting and environmental care and sustainability.  


Contact Info


Farm 418 Gobabis, Drimiopsos District, Gobabis, Namibia

Amenities of Harnas Wildlife Foundation:

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  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Tea/coffee facilities
  • Air-conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Kitchenette (Self-catering units)
  • Safety deposit box
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  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Toilet
  • Wash Basin
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Reception Services

  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Packed lunches
  • Gift Shop
  • Designated smoking area
  • Laundry
  • Languages spoken: English, German, Afrikaans
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Food & Drink

  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
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  • Terrace
  • BBQ facilities
  • Swimming pool
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  • Morning Tour
  • Afternoon Tour
  • Night Tour
  • Lion Roar Sundowner
  • Nature walk & tracking
  • Bird watching
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Media & Technology

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Satellite TV
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  • Pets are not allowed