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.

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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.

Cheetahs: 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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Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Nevill, David

3 Nov 2013

We were upgraded to the Suite! Very luxurious - and lovely to have a final rest as this was our last stop before leaving.

Dickson, Paul & Helen

7 Sep 2014

This place is pure magic, the staff, especially our Tracker/Guide Rowan, made the everything happen. Couldn`t fault anything.

Spratt, Leanne

29 Sep 2011

Wonderful. We were prepared for something quite commercial, but instead we found a really special place and had a great time.

Sutcliffe, Paul

22 Dec 2013

A great experience. Staff and guides very friendly, helpful and informative. I had minor car problems and all rallied to help.

Perch, Jane

15 Dec 2009

The room was very nice. The food was better here than the Lodge but again, in comparison with other locations, we feel that it is over priced.

Van Foreest, Lynsey

5 Nov 2009

Great experience with activities highlighting the work of Africat. Learned a lot about flora and fauna. Lovely, open room. Very friendly welcome.

Jepson, Bill

9 Nov 2015

Excellent accommodation with splendid viewing from the room. Good game drives with knowledgeable guides who are clearly passionate about conservation.

Martijnse, Robert

6 Nov 2017

Also excellent. A great start of our trip. Nice to see the Cheetah's as part of the AfriCat foundation. A pity that they can replace so few Cheetah's in their surroundings.

Ostermand, Inge

6 Aug 2009

Fantastic place, fantastic staff and fantastic food. We will, however,recommend that they install some heating in the cottages. It was freezing cold in the evenings and nights.

Middleton, Richard

19 Dec 2014

Superb in everyway, including encounters with leopards, cheetahs, hyeana, wild dogs, porcupine. Danial our guide was friendly, knowledgable and good fun. Accommadation, food, staff all exemplary.

Benocci, Massimo

21 Aug 2015

Fantastic lodge.Our room was elegant and huge, they were 2 different room, with every facilities. Activities interesting. It has been exciting walking with cheetahs of the lodge. I reccommend this lodge for the next tourists

Mueller, Friedrich

17 Aug 2012

wow!!! our place #9 was fantastic! friendly and professional greeting and service. the leopard tracking was excellent. our guide was a good instructor. views from room were great, took lots of photos of various birds and animals. great food. we could have happily stayed longer.

Directions

The Okonjima Lodge turning is 50km south of Otjiwarongo on the main B1 road. The lodge is a further 24km along this road, follow the signs

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