Track cheetahs on foot on an Okonjima safari (Photo: yaaaay on Flickr)
Leopard at the Okonjima Africat Foundation
All the big cats are cared for at AfriCat (Photo: yaaaay on Flickr)
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AfriCat Namibia Cheetah Safari
Because of their timid nature and the fact that there are only an estimated ten thousand left in the wild, very few people ever get a chance to see a cheetah. Namibia is home to about a quarter of the worlds population of cheetahs and thus is one of the best places to go to find these graceful big cats.
The AfriCat Foundation
Namibia is also home to the AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation who have a very successful rescue and release program and are committed to long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, especially cheetahs and leopards.
AfriCat became internationally renowned after featuring in an award-winning documentary filmed for the Discovery Channel in 1995 &1996.
The Africat program rescues injured animals and rehabilitates them with the intention of releasing them back into the wild. About 85% of the cats that they rescue are eventually released and at any one time they have up to 100 cheetahs within their care.
During their rehabilitation, the cheetahs are kept in enclosures the size of which varies depending on the condition of the animal but because the intention is to have them released, direct human contact is kept to a minimum.
Where is Okonjima and the AfriCat Foundation?
AfriCat is located within the 223 square kilometer Okonjima Safari Lodge near Otjiwarongo, a family run business who co-own and live on the property. Okonjima is about 3 hours drive north from Windhoek and is about half way to the Etosha National Park and is well worth stopping at.
Track Cheetahs on Foot
Because of the amount of cheetahs on the reserve and because many are radio collared, tracking and finding them is far easier than would normally be the case. One of the real highlights is tracking rehabilitated cheetahs on the Cheetah Tracking Trail on foot, where you will get the opportunity to see first hand the great work that the foundation is doing and just how these wonderful animals are improving their skills in hunting all in readiness to be released.
I guess you could say that they are now not truly wild, but you can feel good in the knowledge that you are helping the foundation carry on their fantastic conservation work and at the same time get a chance to view these beautiful cats.
Other activities include:
LEOPARD VIEWING: Leopards are often seen from a hide, or ‘radio-tracked’ from our game-viewing vehicles. The leopards roam freely and catch their own prey within the 4500 ha rehabilitation area. These cats however, are very shy and sightings are not guaranteed.
NATURE TRAIL: Self-guided walking trails of up to 8 km, for those of you who want to spend some time alone in the solitude of the wilderness of Okonjima.
BIRD WATCHING: Identify some of the more than 250+ species in the area, including some of the Namibian endemics – Carp’s Black Tit, Hartlaub’s Francolin and the Damara Rock Runner.
BUSHMAN TRAIL: A day in the life of a Bushman that includes an easy walking trail that is highly informative. You get to learn about the art of making traditional artefacts and how the San adapt and survive in an unforgiving wilderness environment.
Wildlife at Okonjima
Apart from Cheetah and Leopard at Africat project they also protect Lions, Spotted Hyaenas and Wild Dogs.
On the reserve you can also find Caracal, African Wild Cat, Brown Hyaena, Black Backed Jackal, Aardwolf, Bat-eared Fox, Aardvark, Pangolin, Honey-badger, Porcupine, Large & Small Spotted Genet, Striped Polecat, Kudu, Gemsbok (Oryx), Red Hartebeest, Gnu or Blue Wildebeest, Eland, Impala, Giraffe, Hartmann’s (Mountain) Zebra, Burchell’s Zebra, Steenbok, Common Duiker, Damara Dik-Dik, Warthog, Chacma Baboon, Rock Hyrax, Jameson’s Red Rock Rabbit, Springhare, Scrub Hare, Ground Squirrel, Dwarf, Slender, Yellow & Banded Mongoose to name the most common species.
There are also over 250 bird species that have been identified on OKONJIMA, including some Namibian endemics such as the Carp’s Black Tit, Hartlaub’s Francolin and the Damara Rock Runner.
Accommodation at Okonjima
- The Grand Villa with 2 rooms and 2 Suites. (8 – 12 people: 1 group only)
- A Private Bush Suite with 2 rooms. (4 people: 1 group only)
- A Luxury Bush Camp with 8 unique, thatched, African-style chalets. (16 people)
- The Bush Camp’s, 3 en-suite, luxury Twin Tents. (6 people)
- Main Camp has 10 comfortable, en-suite, double rooms. (20 people)
- The Main Camp’s, 3 en-suite, luxury, Twin Tents. (6 people)
Address: PO Box 793, Otjiwarongo, NAMIBIA
Tel: + 264 67 687032 /3/4
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Address: P.O. Box 1889, Otjiwarongo, Namibia, Africa
Tel: +264 (0)67 304566
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