The AfriCat Foundation
Okonjima Nature Reserve, today, is recognized as one of The premier places to stay to witness large carnivores in the wild and to be educated about conservation. Its’ emphasis on authenticity, on luxury and on 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 important research, community support programmes and education projects with which the Hanssens are also engaged, under the banner of AfriCat.
The AfriCat Foundation was born in the early 1990’s, a Namibia registered non-profit organization which started out primarily as a welfare organization, and has since become focused on educating Namibia’s young farmers and school children, communal carnivore conservation, and on research projects which are essential in accomplishing its mission of the long term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores in their natural habitat.
This symbiotic relationship which exists between the AfriCat Foundation and the Okonjima Nature Reserve is imperative to the continued survival of both – without education, research and the mitigation of farmer-predator conflict throughout Namibia, the essential conservation of large carnivores would falter … Equally, without the partial financial support contributed by the visitors who stay at the Okonjima Nature Reserve, neither would survive!