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The AfriCat Foundation

The AfriCat Foundation

Why we need your help

The AfriCat Foundation is committed to the long-term conservation of Namibian Wildlife. It is primarily funded from income derived from guests visiting Okonjima Lodge[b]. [/b]

[b][/b]The lodge, with its own island bound Nature Reserve, is home to a wide range of Namibian wildlife including leopards and the rare brown hyena. The reserve has undergone an intensive ‘rewilding programme’ restoring habitat and eco systems - it was a cattle ranch. It now has an impressive range of animal and birds species within a variety of habitats. There are considerable day to day operational costs in running a 22,000-hectare preditor proof fenced Nature Reserve. For example, fence patrols, security, road and fence maintenance and the management of the fire risks during the dry season.  Additionally, are the costs of the ambassador cats within the carnivore centre such as vet’s bills, staffing and the feeding of the cats. The 'research' animals with gps collars, predominantly leopards and brown hyenas are regularly monitored. 'Research' continues as far as possible as it provides important information to help with the conservation efforts. 

The worldwide pandemic with its travel restrictions has drastically reduced the number of visitors. Indeed, over the last year for months at a time there have been no international tourists visiting the lodge or permitted to travel.  The loss of income to Okonjima Lodge meant very hard choices with staff laid off and all resources put towards securing the long-term future of the Okonjima Nature Reserve by maintaining the essential operational costs. Sadly it was necessary to curtail the research work. The education programme had to be suspended. Many of the staff have moved on to new jobs. Once the international tourist industry reopens its planned to reintroduce the education programme with some of the research work.  

 The message from the AfriCat Foundation is simple.  Please help us by making a donation. The funds will go towards maintaining the Okonjima Nature Reserve and supporting the Ambassador cats within the Carnivore Centre so all the hard work over the last 28-30 years is not lost.

with thanks AfriCat UK 


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Jan 31, 2021


a little something to help

Oct 09, 2020

T Wallace

Wishing you all the best - we loved staying with you a few years ago and are so sad to hear of your current challenges given Covid-19!

(plus 25.00 giftaid)

Jul 29, 2020


keep up the good work

(plus 25.00 giftaid)

Jul 15, 2020

Annabel Pope

(plus 75.00 giftaid)

Jul 01, 2020


(plus 6.25 giftaid)

Jun 11, 2020


(plus 6.25 giftaid)

Jun 11, 2020

annabel pope

(plus 62.50 giftaid)

Total raised so far


Total plus Gift Aid 1,291.25

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Raised offline 285.00

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