Harnas Wildlife Foundation

Harnas Wildlife Foundation, Gobabis: Address, Phone Number, Harnas Wildlife Foundation Reviews: 4/5

Harnas Wildlife Foundation
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Wildlife sanctuary offering eco-tourism.
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Jonahdj
London, UK13 contributions
Wonderful animal encounters
Aug. 2019
We stayed in a chalet which was lovely and all geared up superbly well for self catering should we have wished to do that. You'd need to be VERY organised however as there is NO shop ANYWHERE near; Harnass is isolated and a long way from nearest stores.The restaurant is however fantastic and we ate well each night. The activities vary and you have to remember these animals are there because they invariably can't survive in the wild and having come from Etosha etc this is something very different. The interactions they offer now are more limited and centre around baboon encounters and cheetah walks. Check that they have chosen the appropriate baboons BEFORE you walk with them . The cheetah walk is popular and incredible...you do just that...accompanied by a volunteer you take them for a walk.
Written 1 September 2019
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Marlene van der Merwe
Gobabis, Namibia16 contributions
Animal sanctuary with a heart❤️
May 2019 • Friends
What a fantastic experience to visit this sanctuary for wildlife! The loving care the animals receive is evident all around. Animals walking around in the garden is a big thrill as well as being able to observe them from the the restaurant. Information about the animals is interesting and the friendly staff an extra bonus. As a Namibian I can recommend a visit to this extraordinary sanctuary.
Written 5 July 2019
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Rjr836
Windhoek, Namibia86 contributions
Great place but food no good
May 2019 • Friends
We had a great experience here as the place is well made with lots of animals all around. The game Drive was also very good and informative. However the food was not that good. Simple thing like rice was uncooked. This place would be even better if they would improve on the food.
Written 7 May 2019
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gerlindd2017
Windhoek, Namibia12 contributions
Frequent Visitors
Oct. 2018 • Family
Our 3rd stay at Harnas over the past 4 years. As usual the staff were exceptional! Super friendly super helpful. We always enjoy the animals around the restaurant, each one having a story to tell. Room was good, lions roar at night, always something to remember.

One thing that left me quite disappointing is the smoking regulations are not enforced at at the restaurant/bar, as well as on the game drive.
Written 14 October 2018
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tamarbb
Redmond, WA8 contributions
Heavenly
Sep. 2018 • Family
This place is like no place we've been to. We traveled in Namibia for 2 weeks with our 3 kids ages 9, 13 and 16. We all fell in love with Harnas. The love for animals is everywhere from the animals walking leisurely on the grass such as ducks, turtles, and even mongoose and warthogs to the wild animals each with its own story and personalized accommodation. You can find here animals that are old, maimed, that were raised by people as pets and then deserted, animals orphaned as their mother got injured or killed. Each has a name, a care plan and lots of love.
We also love the atmosphere of the staff and the volunteers. We took parts of the activities and spend time observing and interacting with the various animals. For my boys this was the highlight of the tour to Namibia. They already have plans to return as volunteers when they are old enough. I highly recommend.
Written 2 October 2018
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Margie J
Windhoek, Namibia6 contributions
Camping Visit to Harnas
Jul. 2017 • Family
Harnas was our first stop on our camping trip in July (winter) with our 4 young kids. The campsites are spacious and clean. The lion feed was approx. 2.5 hour long where various predators are fed. A lot of interesting information was shared. Even with young children, it was an enjoyment. Sadly, it does not seem their release program is very active with most animals being their for quite a number of years. Back at the lodge / campsite, there are opportunities to interact with animals. I am normally quite nervous having baboons in close proximity to my kids as they are not to be trusted. However, this is the VERY FIRST time that I experience a place considering the safety of the people visiting where baboons are concerned! We had a man guarding the camping grounds from sunrise to sunset every day, to keep the baboons out. The baboon enclosure borders the campsites. And eventhough electrified, baboons do get over. But this man was attentive and as soon as it looks like some where headed to climb over, he chased them away. So very thankful for that! I will anyday visit / camp at Harnas and recommend it.
Written 13 October 2017
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Odd Kristian P
Kristiansand, Norway225 contributions
A "must see" if in this part of Namibia
Jan. 2017 • Business
Great experience being close to a great variety of animals. If possible, get both morning and afternoon tours as they offer a very different contact with the animals. Great staff
Written 20 March 2017
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545alexandrineg
Windhoek, Namibia7 contributions
Simply a lucrative zoo...
Mar. 2017 • Couples
We were expecting so much out of Harnas, with it being depicted as a great wildlife sanctuary. In reality, it is nothing but a zoo! All the animals you see are in cages, where they have spent many years for the most part. The staff will tell you about the "lifeline", which is Harnas' release program, but sadly you will never get to see any of those animals that have had a successful new start at life. The game drive consists of going from cage to cage and feeding the animals behind metal doors.

What could have been a noble cause is further tarnished by the army of volunteers who are constantly present in high numbers on every activity you do, and who seem more preoccupied by getting good selfies than by really caring for the animals (enticing the cheetahs to mock charge, speaking too loudly in front of an upset roaring lioness etc). They are pretty much left alone by the guide who does not seem to believe this attitude is contrary to what a "Wildlife foundation" should advocate for.

All activities started at least half an hour late, which would have been ok if you were not constantly bombarded with rules and guidelines to follow, only for them to be disrespected by the staff of the place.

A positive point would be the rooms, we had one of the luxury stone cottages which was charming, nicely decorated and with all the necessary commodities. The food was average, but ok.

In short, really not worth visiting! We felt bad for the animals all week end. Namibia is such a beautiful country with so many amazing things to see that you should not stick to this lucrative zoo where all you will see is animals in cages.
Written 13 March 2017
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Draganna
Sherborne, UK27 contributions
A beautiful place obviously loved
May 2016
Loved this place. Rooms were adequate. Food not as good as I hoped, but staff were very friendly and prepared what they could to please us. Walking back to our room one day, which is a 6 minute walk from the compound, I came across an Elan which I expected to run off, but to my surprise it came up to me, I stroked it's face and then he just walked off quite casually. It turned out he had been hand raised, what an experience. 3 friendly wart hogs just wonder around as does other small antelope, goats, turkeys, tortoises and a carpet of mongoose all in a beautiful green little oasis in Namibia. Would definately recommend a visit or even for volunteering.
Written 5 February 2017
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Celmari D
20 contributions
Camping at Harnas
Dec. 2016 • Family
This is the second time we went camping at Harnas. Both times were for one night just before Christmas. The camp sites are clean and spacious, each with its own shower and basin. There is a communal shower and toilet as well. Very clean. You get the first large bag of fire wood for free. The best of camping here is the impala, springbucks and wildebeest coming to graze between the tents at night. You can also hear the lions roar and the baboons playing.
Booking in was a breaze. Interacting with the animals is great.
Written 30 December 2016
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