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Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, one of the world’s largest cheetah and leopard rescue-and-release programmes and makes a great place to stop if you don’t want to spend time in the capital, Windhoek.

The surrounding deciduous woodland provides habitat for rare endemic birds such as Monteiro’s hornbill, Hartlaub’s francolin and rockrunner, and numerous walking trails wind in and around the valley.

We highly recommend a two night stay here to provide time to visit the fascinating cheetah project, where you will not only learn about the welfare and conservation work conducted here, but also have an opportunity to go out into the private reserve to track cheetahs on foot, and see leopards from game drive vehicles.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: cheetah, Hartlaub’s francolin, leopard, Monteiro’s hornbill, rockrunner
  • Where: Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Game Trails Self-drive

Take this classic self-drive around Namibia's ‘northern circuit’, and enjoy fantastic wildlife-viewing and photographic opportunities. Spend a couple of days at a cheetah and leopard conservation project, before continuing to the renowned Etosha National Park and the stunning desert landscapes of the Damaraland.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

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 but highly rewarding adventure into the wilderness of Namibia.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Trip type: Group tour

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.

  • When to go: Apr-Jan
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,745 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Natural Wonders

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
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Okonjima Plains Camp

Home to the AfriCat Foundation, one of the world’s largest cheetah and leopard rescue programmes, the design of this camp is a tribute to the history of cattle-farming in Okonjima. The complex offers three levels of accommodation, and there is a traditional thatched area for dining.