Okonjima Bush Camp

Situated halfway between the capital Windhoek and the Etosha National Park, the 55,000 acre Okonjima Game Reserve has some of the best accommodation in Namibia highlighted by spectacular cheetah and leopard safaris.

The extensive ‘camelthorn’ shaped Lapa, encompasses the reception area and curio-shop, a cozy lounge with a rustic inside fire-place, an outside fire-place, a kitchen and dining area which all overlook a waterhole frequented by the local wildlife.

Chalets at Okonjima Bush Camp

The Luxury Bush Camp is situated at the Edge of a Wilderness Area, 3km from Main Camp and features eight thatched, African-style, luxury chalets for a total of 18 guest accommodations. Of the eight chalets, the luxury, honey-moon suite boasts an indoor fire-place, bath and out-side ‘Bush-shower’ and is wheel-chair friendly.

Each exclusive chalet enjoys complete privacy, and is a unique combination of earthy ochre walls and khaki-green canvas, under a thatched roof. The chalets are equipped with a queen and a ¾ bed, a mini-bar, a private safe for valuables, a kettle for that early morning cup of tea or coffee and a telephone. All chalets are between 80m – 100m apart from each other. For those who wish to feel the closeness of nature, the front 180º of canvas paneling may be rolled up, inviting visitors to enjoy their own ‘bushveld’ vista and in front of each chalet is a birdbath visited daily by a variety of birds and small mammals.

A Day at Okonjima Bush Camp

Enjoy a lovely buffet style brunch which afterwards you are welcome to go on one of our Self-guided Walking Trails, or do some birding - identify some of the more than 250+ species in the area, including Namibian endemics – Carp’s Black Tit, Hartlaub’s Francolin and the Damara Rock Runner. Self-guided Walking Trails on the surrounding mountains or in the bush-veldt are free of charge. Walking trails of 4 – 6 km’s, for those of you who want to spend some time alone in the solitude of the Okonjima wilderness. Walk amongst various game and enjoy glorious views. . . . However, most of the trails do not start from the lodge, but require a short drive with your private vehicle to the start of the trail.

After afternoon coffee, tea and cake - ‘radio-track’ Leopards from our game-viewing vehicles. The leopards roam freely and catch their own prey within the 20 000 ha private, Okonjima Nature Reserve.

After dinner join a guide at the nocturnal hide where you may view 'Nightlife' such as porcupine, honey-badgers and caracal, amongst others or join a guided night-drive into the Nature Reserve.

The following morning, before you depart, visit AfriCat’s 'Information & Carnivore Care Center' where you can learn the in's and out's of daily operations and work of The AfriCat Foundation.

Okonjima Bush Camp - AfriCat Foundation

Based on Okonjima's 22 000 ha private, Nature Reserve, 50 kilometers south of Otjiwarongo in central Namibia, the AfriCat Foundation was founded in the early 90’s and formally registered as a non-profit organisation in August 1993. AfriCat has since grown significantly and what started out primarily as a welfare organisation has over the years identified the need to include a focus on education and research as being essential to accomplishing our mission - the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores.

Habitat loss is one of the largest threats to the cheetah, wild dog, lion and leopard populations in Namibia. Livestock and game farms in Namibia number over 7000 and spread over most of the country - the same areas where the majority of these animals exist.

The resulting conflict between these predators and farmers protecting their livelihood reduces the natural habitat areas where the animals can safely exist. With a shift in focus from cattle farming to a livelihood dependent on game for tourism and/or hunting, there has been an increasing trend where the predation of game has become the motivation behind the elimination of cheetahs and leopards. The perceived "problem animals" who in the past were removed for preying on livestock, are now also being captured for hunting one of their natural prey species.

General predator removal is often the "livestock-protection method" utilized by certain farmers who view all predators as "problem animals" and cheetahs and leopards are trapped, poisoned or shot on sight. In most cases an individual animal is responsible for stock losses and not the species in general and this indiscriminate removal leads to the unnecessary elimination of many innocent animals.

AfriCat provides an environment for previously non-releasable large carnivores to hone their hunting skills in a 20 000-hectare (50 000 acre) (200km²) nature reserve, on Okonjima. Carnivores learn to become self-sustaining which gives them the opportunity to return to their natural environment.

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