Why photographers love Okonjima
- Okonjima is home to AfriCat Foundation
- Great place to see cheetah and leopards up close
- Variety of accommodation and activity options
How we rate Okonjima
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Okonjima Camps at a glance
Grand African Villa
- 2 rooms in main complex and 2 suites, accommodating a single group of 8 to 12 people
- Overlooks private waterhole where many wild animals come to drink
- Central lounge, dining area, infinity pool, air conditioning and Wi-Fi
- Chef, hostess and exclusive game drive vehicle
Private Bush Suite
- 2 rooms with en-suite facilities, accommodating a single group of 4 people
- Overlooking private waterhole
- Rooms feature air conditioning, outside showers and en-suite bathrooms
- Main swimming pool, bar, dining area and free Wi-Fi
Luxury Bush Camp
- 8 thatched chalets, each with 2 queen beds and semi-detatched open lounge
- 1 honeymoon/ junior suite with 2 queen beds, loune, fireplace, bathtub and outdoor shower
- Overlloks a waterhole and has curio shop, swimming pool, restaurant and bar
- 14 rooms with 2 double beds and en-suite facilities and views of the plains from small verandas
- 10 more spacious rooms with larger verandas, set further apart for additional privacy
- Overlooks a waterhole and has curio shop, swimming pool, restaurant and bar
- 4 private campsites sharing a swimming pool
Okonjima Nature Reserve is a private reserve covering 22,000 hectares. The reserve is fenced and rehabilitated carnivores, predominantly cheetah but also leopard and wild dog, are released into the reserve area as a stepping stone to reintroduction in other areas. The animals are fitted with radio-collars prior to release so they can be monitored. Okonjima has several other mammals including zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, gemsbok, eland, caracal, aardwolf, brown hyena and bat-eared fox. The area has over 250 species of birds, and special species include Hartlaub’s Francolin, Ruppell’s Parrot and Damara Hornbill. Okonjima is also home to the AfriCat Foundation, a nonprofit that works for the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores.
- The dry season from June to October is the peak time to visit. Vast herds of animals crowd around the waterholes in this arid landscape.
- The rainy season from January to June features a greener landscape, migrant birds and newborn animals.
What Okonjima Camps cost
Each camp has different rates which range between N$1760 at Plains Camp where activities are charged extra to N$7200 per person, all inclusive at the Villa. The campsite costs N$275 per adult.
Photographers need to know
Okonjima is a great place to see predators close up and learn more about their conservation. Photo opportunities are good, but some animals have radio tracking collars.
The good news
The AfriCat foundation is responsible for rescuing over 1000 cheetah and releasing over 85% in the wild. It serves also as a research and education centre. AfricCat relies on funding from tourist support at Okonjima.