Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, one of the world’s largest cheetah and leopard rescue-and-release wildlife conservation programmes. The camp offers accommodation choices to suit a variety of budgets.
The design of Okonjima is a tribute to the history of cattle-farming in Okonjima, dating back to the early 1920s. The complex now offers three levels of accommodation, plus The Barn (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 are located in the garden of the original homestead, overlooking a lapa with tea and coffee making facilities. 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 of Okonjima. 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, safe and a ramp for wheelchair access. Four of these rooms form two large family units.
Finally, ten spacious and exclusive View rooms were completed all offer a view across the plains. The rooms are set 25-75 metres apart, 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. Two of the View rooms form a single large two-roomed family-unit.
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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 but highly rewarding adventure into the wilderness of Namibia.
When to go: May-Oct
Duration inc. flights: 15 days
Trip type: Group tour
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.
When to go: Apr-Jan
Duration inc. flights: 18 days
Price inc. flights: From £4,745 pp
Tailor-made trip idea
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.
When to go: Jun-Oct
Duration inc. flights: 16 days
Price inc. flights: From £4,795 pp
Tailor-made trip idea
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Situated in the huge Okonjima Nature Reserve, the AfriCat Foundation is a key conservation project, researching and rehabilitating hyenas, cheetahs, leopards and wild dogs. There is a good choice of accommodation, and unlimited opportunities to see carnivores in their natural environment on vehicle or walking safaris.
Where: Otjozondjupa Region
Ideal for viewing: cheetah, Hartlaub’s francolin, leopard, Monteiro’s hornbill, rockrunner