Harnas Wildlife Foundation
- Longitude: 19.371725
- Latitude: -21.7868
- Game Reserves & Lodges
Harnas Wildlife Foundation
Welcome to the Harnas Experience. It is about caring and escaping. It is about sharing and delving into the wonders that make Harnas so unique. Explore its wild nature in all its untouched glory!
Harnas Wildlife Foundation is a place where man and nature get a brief window in time to unify. We can plan, we can calculate and we can rely on experience, but no matter how adept we get with our current environment, we never really know what could come next.
Nature has a way of telling us that the universe is really big and the essence of Harnas lies in always Expecting the Unexpected!
It’s our dream to protect and care for what we respect! We invite you to share, respect, care and love our dream, because you too are part of it.
Harnas offers you comfortable accommodation, fine cuisine at our rustic restaurant
and sun-kissed moments with the best nature has to offer.
Caso & Lueki (Upmarket accommodation)
- Coffee station & mini bar, air conditioner, two 3/4 beds, en-suite bathroom with bath, shower & toilet,
- game viewing possibility.
Balloo – 1 x Igloo Unit (Standard accommodation)
- Coffee station & Mini bar, air conditioner, two single beds, en-suite shower.
Timbila – 1 Rustic family cottage (Upmarket accommodation)
- Coffee station & mini bar, air conditioner, two ¾ beds in front room and 4 single beds in back room,
- en-suite bathroom with bath, shower & toilet, game viewing possibility.
Jaws, Cleo, Klippie, Sara and Sian – 5 Rustic Stone Cottages (Upmarket accommodation)
- Coffee station & mini bar, air conditioner, two ¾ beds, en-suite bathroom with shower & toilet,
- game viewing possibility.
Bagera & Mowgli – 2 x Igloo Units (Standard accommodation)
- Coffee station & mini bar, air conditioner, two single beds and a pull out bed for small children,
- en-suite bathroom with shower & toilet.
Morning Tour: Starts: 09:00-12:00
The Harnas team would like to invite you to join us for a morning coffee with the lions. During this tour you will get to experience the Wildlife Welfare World of Harnas, where certain enclosures have been constructed to hold new arrivals sick or injured animals and animals that cannot be rehabilitated and released. You will witness the care given to these animals so to ensure they are having a good second chance in life. You will go with us on a guided tour, through the kingdom of lions, cheetahs, baboons, wild dogs, leopards and caracals; get to hear all the information and stories of our animals.
You will be driven in one of our open safari vehicles and be able to relax and experience our amazing Namibian wildlife up close and personal. Watch a lion feeding just a few feet away, hear the amazing sounds and see the behaviour of the endangered wild dog. You will see the graceful cheetah and laugh at the antics of the baboon clan. Witness our tour guides serving breakfast to these spectacular animals.
Afternoon Tour: Starts strictly at 15:00- 16:30 Winter/ 15:30 -17:00 Summer
If you want to experience the spectacular African wildlife and see animals interact in their real natural habitat, then you should join us on the afternoon tour. You will experience Harnas on a more personal level, learn about our history, visit our nursery and care facility and understand the heartbeat of Harnas. Your guide will accompany you to view the amazing animals such as the Nile crocodile, brown hyena, vervet monkeys, mongoose, caracals and many more Harnas sightings. Pay a visit to the Volunteer village and our own church built in memory of Marieta's late husband and son.
Lion Roar Sundowner:
Hear the thrilling sound of the lions roaring and competing for the loudest and strongest position on Harnas while enjoying a delicious sundowner!
It is the lion's roar, answered first from one direction and then another, increasing in degree until you can feel the vibrations in your chest. Each roar is beating to the rhythm of your heart. When the lions' calls have reached their peak, they begin to wane, until the sounds are mere growls expelled with each deep animal breath. In and out, in and out, the growls lessen, and then there is stillness. Territory has been established for the moment--as it will be again at sunset and at tomorrow's sunrise and each day after. (Barbara Bennet) Book Excerpt: “Soul of a Lion”.
Radio tracking in the Lifeline:
Help with the adventurous search of a released cheetah or wild dog carrying a radio collar in our Lifeline.
Tracking our animal movements and watching behaviour patterns or searching for signals is done on radio transmitter frequencies using a receiver and an antenna. Radio telemetry uses a series of signals that are signalled from the transmitter to the antenna.
Night drive safaris are essentially game drives that operate after dark, with the assistance of a spotlight. The primary advantage of night drives is that they provide access to nocturnal species that are rarely seen during the day, such as porcupines, genets, brown hyena, nocturnal birds such as the nightjar, scorpions, reptile life and the very elusive aardvark. There is also something primeval about stopping somewhere in the bush, switching off the motor and listening to the sounds of the night whilst contemplating the stars of the African night.
Nature walk and tracking:
Feel Africa underfoot on a guided bush walk. The experience offers an intimate encounter with nature and wildlife, and medicinal and other plants are identified en route.
Your guide will also teach you to track wildlife in the traditional way, using animal footprints and scat.
Bird life at Harnas is rich and plentiful, with a large number of species to be seen including a number of birds of prey and other bird species both endemic to Namibia and migratory. Bird watching is a popular activity in this area, so make sure you bring a pair of binoculars.
Please note activities are subject to change without prior notice.
Map and Directions to Harnas Wildlife Foundation
GPS : 21° 47’ 12.48” S / 19° 22’ 18.21” E
- Drive East to Gobabis on the B6 for 204 km
- Pass through Gobabis and exit on the B6 towards the Botswana border
- Proceed for 5km on the B6 and turn left on the C22 to Drimiopsis
- Continue for another 40 km to Drimiopsis and turn right on the gravel road, M131, for 51 km
- Harnas Wildlife Foundation main gate is on the left
- Continue for another 12 km to reach the lodge. Gravel roads are well maintained and sedan vehicles will easily be able to reach the destination.
- As you enter Namibia, keep straight on the road to Gobabis for 90km
- Turn right onto road C22. The road sign Harnas Wildlife Foundation indicates the direction and distance
- Drive to the small town of Drimiopsis. Here the tar road will end and change to gravel road
- Turn right and go 7.5km where there will be a Harnas Road sign
- Keep Left and drive for 38km. The entrance to Harnas Wildlife Foundation is on the left.
From Otjiwarongo (Waterberg)
- From Otjiwarongo take the road to Windhoek
- After 22km turn left on road C22 to Okakarara
- After 19km,Turn right on road C30 to Otjosondu (137km)
- Go straight on this road C30 past Otjisondu to Hochfeld (23km) and keep on the C30 to Steinhaussen (54km)
- Again keep on road C30 past Steinhausen towards Gobabis
- 60km after Steinhausen, turn left on road 1663.
- Travel for 29km and turn right on road 1638
- Travel for 10km on this road and turn left on road 1667 towards Drimiopsis (27km). As you enter Drimiopsis, you will approach a T-stop. Turn Left on road C22 and immediately turn right on road 1668. There will be a Harnas sign. Drive for 7.5km. There will be another Harnas Road sign
- Keep Left and drive for 38km. The entrance to From Otjiwarongo (Waterberg)
- From Otjiwarongo, drive on the road to Windhoek, after 22km, you Turn Left on road C22 to Okakarara. After 19km,Turn Right on the road C30 to Otjosondu (137km). Go straight on this road C30 past Otjisondu to Hochfeld (23km). Keep on the road C30 to Steinhaussen (54km). Again keep on road C30 past Steinhausen to Gobabis. 60km after Steinhausen, you turn Left on road 1663. Travel for 29km and Turn Right on road 1638, travel for 10km on this road and Turn Left on road 1667 towards Drimihopsis (27km). As you enter Drimihopsis, you will approach a T-stop. Turn Left on road C22 and immediately Turn Right on road 1668. There will be a Harnas Road sign. Drive for 7.5km. There will be Harnas Road sign. Keep Left and drive for 38km. The entrance to Harnas Wildlife Foundation is on the left.