Harnas is one
of the first orphanages and welfare centresin
Africa. Several wild animals, including lion,
leopard, Cheetah, Wild dog etc. even the
smallest Suricatand baby baboons have made
Harnas their sanctuary and home, after being
neglected, abused or abandoned.
The van der Merwe family has been farming in the
Gobabis district in Namibia for three
generations. The farm is situated next to the
communal farming Herero land and between other
Harnas also offer 6 lovely camping sites and a 3
bedroom self catering house
do not purchase animals, as this will certainly
create a market. Poor local economic
circumstances, combined with inadequate law
enforcement further result in indiscriminate
poaching of wild animals, mostly for their meat
and hides. The international trade in animal
hides and trophy hunting certainly also does its
part in the decimation of our wild animals.
Harnas is fully devoted to preserving our
animals and supplying them with habitats as
natural as possible.
This is the dream of Harnas and we live this
dream every day!
Harnas Wildlife Foundation
was initiated some 30 odd years ago by acquiring
a single vervetmonkey that was abused and an
alcoholic. This Monkey was time rehabilitated
and eventually released in the wild.
Harnas is home to a host of animals including
lions, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs. The
Harnas also boast of
excellent accommodation, breath taking
activities and wholesome cuisine. Our activities
include feeding tours, nature drives,
birdwatching, and exciting animal interactions.
The guests are treated to an unforgettable
experience while being pampered with all the
comfort of home.
van der Merwe and the
management of Harnas invites you to come live
Expect the unexpected.
Some of the exciting activities include:
Morning Feeding Tour
On the morning
feeding tour you will hear about the history,
facts and stories on our big cats, wild dogs,
baboons etc. The drive is conducted in an open
game drive vehicle ensuring impeccable views
during the feeding tour. You will witness the
beastly grip of a lion grabbing a chunk of meat
in mid-air as well as the immense power of a
leopard leaping up a tree for his meal. The
amazing sounds and behaviourof the endangered
wild dog will leave a lasting impression on you
before seeing the agile and graceful cheetah.
One of the highlights of this tour is watching
the baboons feed. Large and small baboons
scramble around like naughty school kids while
grabbing food from each other and stuffing their
faces with as much as they can eat!
The tour starts at
09h00 and continues for about 3 hours.
On the afternoon tour
you will have the opportunity to experience
Harnas on a more personal level. Learn more
about the history, nursery, care facility and
feel the heartbeat of Harnas. Your guide will
accompany you to view amazing animals like the
meerkats, mongoose, brown hyena, vervetmonkeys,
cheetahs and many more animals with amazing life
stories. The tour will also cover the church,
volunteer village and many more intimate Harnas
sights. The tour starts at the Lapa at 16h00 and
the duration is +/-2 hours.
Lion Roar Sundowner
Hear the thrilling battle of the lions roaring
and competing for the loudest and strongest
position on Harnas while having a sundowner!
The tour departs around 18h30 ,depending on the
sunset time, and the duration is about 1 ½
Harnas is also one of the only
foundations offering interaction with the
animals, such as walking with Cheetahs.
are many more activity options available to
guests and can be discussed at reception.
Directions to Harnas from
As you enter Gobabis,
you will approach a 4-way stop. Turn Left. You
are now on the road directly to Botswana. Follow
this road for 6km towards Botswana. Turn Left
onto road C22. The road sign Harnas Wildlife
Foundation indicates the direction and distance.
Drive until the small town of Drimiopsis. Here
the tar road will end and change to gravel road.
There will be Harnas road sign. Turn Right.
Drive for 7.5km. There will be Harnas Road sign.
Keep Left and drive for 38km. The entrance to
Harnas is on the Left