Okonjima Plains Camp | Okonjima Nature Reserve
Not only is Okonjima a luxury lodge, but it is also home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation, committed to long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, especially cheetahs and leopards. A visit to Okonjima will give you an opportunity to witness some of AfriCat's work. The Plains Camp design honours the Okonjima cattle-farming history. In the early 1920’s, Okonjima became a cattle farm and was bought by Val (VJ) & Rose Hanssen in 1970. They were well-established Brahman breeders and continued to farm cattle until the need for solutions to increasing livestock losses became pertinent and post-independence interest in Namibia as a tourist destination, escalated. In 1993, the herds of Brahman and Jersey cattle were sold, changing the face of Okonjima as well as that of Carnivore Conservation! The OKONJIMA activities include tracking rehabilitated carnivores on foot; visiting the AfriCat Carnivore Care & Information Centre; tracking leopards from a game–viewing vehicle. OKONJIMA also offers a guided Bushman Trail. Birding and Game drives are offered on request and if guests stay longer than 2 days.
Barn terrace by night
Barn terrace by day
View across the Okonjima Plains
14 Standard Rooms, with a view across the Okonjima plains.
Each room has a small verandah, a wheel-chair friendly ramp and the rooms are set 15m - 20m apart.
The rooms each have 2 double beds, a mini-fridge for own use, a coffee/tea station, 2 roof-fans, twin basins and a large shower, a safe for valuables and a telephone to contact reception.
10 View Rooms, upmarket, exclusive and spacious, with a view across the Okonjima plains.
Each room has a large verandah, a wheel-chair friendly ramp and the rooms are set 25m - 75m apart.
The rooms each have 2 double beds, a desk and comfortable reading chair, a large verandah, a mini-fridge for own use, a coffee/tea station, 2 roof-fans, twin basins and a large, twin shower, a safe for valuables and a telephone to contact reception.
The new, exclusive View Rooms are more spacious than the Standard Rooms and are set further apart, providing more privacy.
The six affordable Garden Rooms are closely situated to one another within the original homestead garden, yet have no wilderness view.
They overlook the lapa, which has a tea/coffee station.
They are not wheelchair accessible
All lodge facilities, such as activities, meals, bar service and curio shop, are available from the Plains Camp Barn 700 metres away.
Each affordable Garden Room consists of:
2 double beds
A tea/coffee station
A roof fan
A security safe
Undercover parking (60 metres away)
24-hour Security, Bar, Disability Services, Eco Friendly, Internet Access, Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking
Disabled Rooms, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Lounge Area, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah
Airport Shuttle, Credit Card, Laundry Service, Travel Desk
Guests staying at any of Okonjima’s camps can partake in a tracking, on-foot safari, alongside guides in search of AfriCat’s rehabilitated carnivores within our 22 000ha private nature reserve.
Our guests travel continents and countries with the hopes of sighting the elusive leopard in its natural habitat. Leopards are the most adaptable of all the wild cats. These solitary, intelligent predators cover large distances across open plains, mountainous terrain and acacia thickets, which is why sightings are never guaranteed.
Step out of your comfort zone and into life in the African bush, surrounded by nature and among wildlife. This easy 2.5-km, walking trail though Okonjima Nature Reserve , is especially loved by our younger guests due to the interactive and informative demonstrations. It is led by our experienced guides, who share centuries-old myths and legends of the Khoi-San people. Participation is welcome !
After the sun has set and the temperatures have dropped, the African bush comes to life once again: bat-eared foxes roam about, aardwolves are on the hunt for insects, owls observe their surroundings from a height, while leopards and brown hyaena go out in search of unsuspecting prey. Guests are invited on a nocturnal game drive, led by our knowledgeable guides around the Okonjima Nature Reserve.
The landscapes within the Okonjima Nature Reserve, with its elevated sandy plateau between the major escarpments of the Omboroko Mountains, boasts mixed woodland and acacia thornveld plains, making it the perfect birding destination. Keep your binoculars at hand and enjoy the chance to identify over 250 bird species...
For those who want to spend quality time in nature, our three walking trails vary between four and six kilometres. Walk among wildlife and savour our spectacular landscapes. The trails start a short drive from either of the Okonjima Lodge camps. End your trail with a cold beer or refreshment at one of our lodge restaurants.
Okonjima Nature Reserve in central Namibia is home to The AfriCat Foundation. It has grown significantly since it was established as a welfare organisation in the early 1990s and registered as a non-profit organisation in 1993. Today, AfriCat’s mission is the long-term conservation of some of Namibia’s large carnivores – such as brown hyaena, leopard and cheetah, all of which can be seen during an environmental education visit to Okonjima.
Our Rescue and Release Programme at AfriCat’s Carnivore Care Centre has been developed over twenty years, thanks to our mutual relationship with the nearby farming community. Some of the carnivores in our care are young, fit and wild enough to be part of our rehabilitation project. They are awaiting their turn to get a second chance in the wild as they will be released within the Okonjima Nature Reserve.
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Spoken Languages: Afrikaans, English, German
No. Rooms: 30
Special Interests: Adventure, Birding, Hiking, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife