Okonjima Bush Camp
In the same area as the ever popular Okonjima Main Lodge, is the luxurious and relatively new Okonjima Bush Camp. It is situated in a wilderness area approximately 3kms from the main camp, but is run separately. Big cats are the main attraction here, and as Namibia has over 20% of the world's cheetah population, (the largest concentration in the world,) Okonjima has become the base for the Africat Foundation.
They are proudly devoted to saving not only cheetah, but leopard, lion, the elusive wild dog and even caracal. Nocturnal creatures such as porcupine and honey badger, can be seen here. Apart from the tourists lodgings, there is also an education and research centre on the property, as well as rehabilitation camps for various animals.
The Bush Camp 'Lapa' is built in the shape of the indigenous 'Camelthorn' pod and houses the reception, well stocked-bar, curio shop, and lounge area, complete with open fireplace and large comfy chairs to relax on. Meals are served in indoor and outdoor dining areas, an ideal spot to watch the sun set with a cool sundowner, around a lovely fire.
Accommodation in the camp consists of chalets and a luxury honeymoon suite:
- Chalets: 8 luxury, thatched African-style chalets are sited between 80-100m apart. The chalets are a combination of earthy ochre walls and khaki green canvas under a thatched roof. The front half of the canvas panelling can be rolled up not just for an extra bush veld view, but also for natural cross-chalet ventilation. They are all equipped with a mini-bar, telephone, private safe and comfortable queen-size and a ¾ bed, to ensure a good nights sleep.
- Honeymoon Suite: The luxury, honeymoon suite is wheelchair friendly and boasts stunning views even from inside through a sliding glass door. There are 2 queen-size beds, a comfortable en-suite lounge with fire-place, a bath and an outside 'bush' shower. Other facilities are similar to the chalets.
Activities are the same as the main camp. The guided and self-guided walks around Okonjima can be excellent for bird-watching, and the lodge itself has a variety of watering points, bird-baths, dams and lakes that help to attract in the local birdlife.
There are guided and self-guided walking trips around Okonjima, (including the Bushman Trail) and a radio is available in case of emergencies. It is a great place to explore a bit of the African bush on foot.
Okonjima is renowned for it's work with the big cats, and visitors get the chance to observe and photograph them much closer than are possible in most places. Activities commence at 15h00 in the winter and 16h00 in the summer.
Unfortunately, no children under the age of 12 years are permitted at the Bush Camp.
Okonjima Lodge now offers two rates - 1 is inclusive of activities and the other without, we suggest booking at least one of your nights on the full board and activities rate as the activities are the main reason for staying at Okonjima. Activities commence 15h00 (winter) and 16h00 (summer) so please arrive before this if you want to join the afternoon activity.
- Visit the Africat Project area and meet some of the cheetah or accompany our guides as they monitor the progress of the cheetahs in the Tusk Rehabilitation camp. Okonjima is home to over forty cheetahs, many of whom were separated from their mothers before they learnt how to survive on their own. The Rehabilitation Camp will give these cheetahs an opportunity to learn survival skills such as hunting in a closely monitored environment. Successful cheetahs will be relocated to parks and game farms.
- Cheetah Tracking on Foot
- Cheetahs within the rehabilitation are radio tracked on foot, sightings of the cats is not guaranteed. Leopards - Wild leopards are fed every night and guests can observe these secretive predators from the safety of a hide. Okonjima is also the site of a leopard monitoring project with the resident leopard collared and tracked to determine the number of leopard in the area, their movements and activities. This information will be used to better understand leopard found on Namibian farmland and reduce the conflict between leopards and farmers.
- Bushman Trail
- Catch a glimpse of a day in the life of a bushman. Learn how the bushman made rope, fire and traps and lived in harmony with nature.
- Mountain Walk
- For the energetic, early-riser, we offer a guided mountain walk which includes identification of animal spoor, information on the local people and spectacular views
- Bird Watching
- Over 300 bird species have been identified at Okonjima. Two spacious hides are within walking distance of the lodge and we now offer a hide situated at a recently established vulture restaurant a short drive from the lodge.
- Walks and Trails
- A variety of walks ranging in difficulty from easy to quite strenuous are available. The sundowner walk is usually done in the evening after the cheetah activity and is a favourite with many of our guests.
- Night Hide
- Ever wondered what those noises are at night. Guests can choose after dinner to visit a hide and observe nocturnal animals such as honey badger and porcupine as they go about their business.
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