The Central Highlands are home to two of Namibia’s best conservation projects, the most renowned of which is the Africat Foundation at Okonjima. Guests at Okonjima can enjoy the abundance of rehabilitated big cats and predators on the reserve by taking part in various tailored activities. These include leopard tracking on daytime game drives, visits to the cheetah project to learn further details about conservation efforts, and tracking cheetah and spotted hyena on foot with a trained guide. The rehabilitated animals roam free on the 200 sq km reserve, all collared so that they can be monitored and relatively easily located in these tracking activities. As a non-profit organisation, it is reassuring to know that the majority of the proceeds from these activities and your stay at Okonjima will go towards maintaining and improving the worthy conservation projects.
For those not lucky enough to stay at Okonjima, a similarly laudable big cat programme goes on at the Cheetah Conservation Fund, which can be easily visited in an excursion from Frans Indongo Lodge. Here, you can again learn about efforts to protect cheetahs in Namibia and more about the animals in general, before watching them get up to full, electric speed during sprint training.