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Okonjima, Herero for "place of the baboon", is an extensive tract of land nestling amongst the Omboroko Mountains some 50Km south of the small town of Otjiwarongo.

Historically, the surrounding land would have been home to some of Africa’s finest wildlife, today it is farmland. For the last 35 years Okonjima has been in the hands of the Hanssen family. Today, nearly 20 years after Wayne, Donna & Rosalea Hanssen took over a cattle farm from their father, the original farm has grown in size from 6000 hectares to 22 000 hectares, the cattle have gone, grasslands are returning and the wildlife abounds.

In 1989, Uwe Hoth & Tammy Hanssen-Hoth continued with livestock farming, suffering high losses to especially spotted hyena, but aware of the increasing lion conflict along the southern ENP boundary; it was during this time that AfriCat North (then known as The Afri-Leo Foundation) was established, with its mission to finding workable solutions to the lion-farmer conflict.

 

The key to the Okonjima experience is The AfriCat Foundation, a non- profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores. With the cheetah, leopard, wild dog and lion as its flagship, the foundation works alongside the farming community, attempting to help alleviate the livestock losses caused by predators. AfriCat is also home to orphaned, injured and rehabilitated large carnivores.

To observe these magnificent animals in natural surroundings and to witness the rehabilitation efforts to return them to the wild,  Okonjima provides the visitor with the chance to come to know a little more about the story of Africa, its harmonies and its conflicts. The wheel turns full circle as the traveler leaves Okonjima with the knowledge that through his/her visit, he/she has laid yet another stone in the road to recovery for Africa’s carnivores.

The corner stone to success of conservation rests on that old adage "If it pays, it stays". Today in Namibia, a significant amount of the money which visitors spend during their time in the country, finds its way back into the programmes which aid in the conservation of the animals living there.

 

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