Between Windhoek and the Etosha National Park, and only a two-and-a-half-hour drive or a brief flight into the reserve’s private airstrip lies Okonjima Nature Reserve.
Okonjima Nature Reserve, today, is recognised as one of the premier places to stay to witness carnivores and other endangered species like the aardvark, pangolin and brown hyaena in the wild and to be educated about conservation. Its’ emphasis on authenticity, on luxury and the environment, has made it a jewel in Namibian tourism. Part of the symbiotic relationship is that monies raised through the Okonjima Nature Reserve, help to fund the vital conservation research programmes and education projects with which the Hanssens is also engaged.
The AfriCat Foundation was established in the early 1990s; a Namibia registered non-profit organisation which started primarily as a welfare organisation and has focused on educating youth and on research projects which are fundamental in accomplishing its mission of long term conservation of Namibia’s wildlife in their natural habitat but in an enclosed conservation area. To effectively manage carnivores and other species within a closed reserve, a thorough understanding of their altered ecology is needed to make informed management decisions.