The design of this camp is a tribute to the history of cattle-farming in Okonjima, dating back to the early 1920s, through 1970 when the grassland was purchased by Val (VJ) & Rose Hanssen.
The Hanssens continued to breed and rear livestock until it became apparent there was a need to solve the problem of increasing animal losses, and interest in Namibia as a tourist destination took off after independence. In 1993, they sold their herds, got involved in conservation and set up Africat Foundation, irrevocably changing the face of Okonjima. In 2012 and 2013 the grassy plains were recovered by removing cattle fences and burning invasive acacia bush, creating great sunset views.
The complex now offers three levels of accommodation, plus The Barn or entertainment area, a traditional lapa (which means 'gathering place') construction with a dining and lounge area, swimming pool and curio shop.
The accommodation stretches out on either side: six budget Garden rooms – the oldest of all – are located in the lush garden of the original homestead. Each has a double and a single bed, an en suite bathroom, roof-fan and safe. These rooms are situated quite close together and do not have views over the plain, however the choice of activities is identical, and all meals are taken at Plains Camp.
All 14 Standard rooms, on the other hand, enjoy a view across the plains. Four of these form two large two-roomed family-units. The rooms are set some 15-20 metres apart, at a discreet distance from The Barn, with one family unit closest to it, and the other furthest away. Each room has two double beds, an en suite bathroom with twin basins and a shower, a small verandah, tea and coffee-making facilities, two roof-fans, mini-fridge, room safe, telephone to contact reception, and a ramp for wheelchair access.
Finally, 10 spacious and exclusive View rooms were completed in 2014, all with a view across the plain. Two of these form a single large two-roomed family-unit. The rooms are set 25-75 metres apart at some distance from The Barn, which affords greater privacy. In addition to the facilities offered by the Standard rooms, these have a large verandah, a larger shower, a desk and a comfortable chair for reading.
Carnivores of Etosha: Human vs Wildlife Conflict
Take part in the Etosha National Park lion survey and assist experts on a conservation project to identify lion movement and conflicts in communities. Helping farmers build a kraal is just one of the tasks on this physically demanding and highly rewarding adventure into the wilderness of Namibia.
- Trip type: Just Conservation Group tour
- Duration exc. international flights: 13 days
Land of Contrasts Self-drive
This is Namibia at its very best, a wilderness destination of outstanding beauty at every turn, taking you north to the salt pans of Etosha National Park, the remote Kunene and its desert elephant, before heading down the Skeleton Coast to the awesome Namib Desert. Choose between self drive or guided.
- Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
- Duration exc. international flights: 16 days
Few trips venture as far as Namibia’s northern border, but this innovative itinerary employs a combination of self-drive and guided safari to visit famed Etosha and the Caprivi en route to Africa’s Four Corners – where Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet – ending at Chobe and Victoria Falls.
- Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
- Duration exc. international flights: 14 days