Nestled among the Omboroko Mountains lies Okonjima, a private lodge surrounded by 16000ha of land. But this is much more than just a lodge. Okonjima is also home to The Africat Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in Namibia, specialising in the rescue and release of cheetahs and leopards.
One of our favourite African safari locations nestled among the Omboroko Mountains is Okonjima – a Herero name meaning Place of the Baboons. Okonjima is a private lodge surrounded by 16000ha of land. But this is much more than just a lodge. Okonjima is also home to The Africat Foundation. The Africat Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Namibia, specialising in the rescue and release of cheetahs and leopards. It is the largest organisation of its kind in the world.
The AfriCat Foundation was founded in 1991 and officially registered as a non-profit organisation in August 1993. AfriCat has grown significantly since then and what started out primarily as an animal welfare organisation has over the years, identified the need to include a focus on education and research as being essential to our mission – the long-term conservation of large carnivores in Namibia.
AfriCat’s latest success has been in the recent release of a cheetah into their new reserve. The cheetah (christened Tongs) is the twelfth cheetah released by the AfriCat foundation since May 2010. The cats are having great success in hunting with most cats, except Tongs, having made a kill to date. AfriCat staff have been monitoring the cheetah’s hunting groups. These groups include : Tobie, Zen and Zippy; Charlie and Trish; Hammer, Bones, Spud and Coco. Recent release Tongs has been found hovering around her brother’s group (Hammer), while Cyclops is still taking a solitary stance roaming the far ends of the park. Guess are having great success tracking the groups, Hammer’s being the easiest, finding them with a kill almost every day.
So, you might be wondering how you can help out The AfriCat Foundation. Well here’s a way – P.A.W.S. It stands for People and Wildlife Solutions, and is part of Okonjima’s and AfriCat’s vision to restore the land back to its original state and once again witness the magnificent cheetah stalking and hunting its prey in it’s natural environment. Africa’s fragile ecosystem and wildlife are inseparably linked, co-existing successfully since time began. Two week holiday programs are available where you can contribute to the conservation of Namibia and the big cat rehabilitation program