The AfriCat Foundation based at Okonjima nature reserve is perfectly situated to conduct ecological research focusing on a variety of rare and endangered species. As Okonjima is an enclosed nature reserve, one component of AfriCat’s research focuses on understanding the ecology and leopard and brown hyena living on Okonjima with the ultimate aim of producing informed sustainable metapopulation management guidelines for these species.

Key species within the reserve include leopards, brown hyena, white rhinos and even the rare pangolins as well as wonderful giraffe, porcupines, sable a range of other antelope species together with a plethora of birds.

Staying at Okonjima Lodge can include game drives into the reserve and the chance to track leopards and well as some other special activities. There are still a small number of ambassador cats which are not able to be returned to the wild some of which may be visited with a tour and explanation of the work of the Africat Foundation.

The reserve and its education centre is used to host several specialist groups including students studying relevant subjects at local and international universities.

Karen Codling who has been directly involved with the Foundation for many years is now Project Director of the Africat Foundation. She works closely with key Hanssen family members.



Behind the Scenes With AfriCat

The AfriCat Foundation welcomes Okonjima guests to come behind the scenes to learn first-hand about the work of the Foundation.

The AfriCat Behind The Scenes programme is available for groups of guests between 4 to 8 pax booked into the Okonjima Bush Camp or Luxury Villa for at least three nights on a fully inclusive basis.

This experience will give you a deeper insight into our research projects, such as the Brown Hyaena, Pangolin, the Leopard and other endangered species. Guests will be able to see and participate in AfriCat work that can be scheduled for the time of the visit such as re-collaring as well as the option of meeting the “AfriCat ambassador carnivores” that are in the care of AfriCat.

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Behind the scenes with Africat

vet and behind the scenes visitors at Okonjima
a behind the scenes visitor releasing a cheetah at AfriCat

AfriCat and The Okonjima Nature Reserve