Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp
Okonjima is half an hour’s drive off the main B1 road between Windhoek and Etosha, about two and a half hours from Windhoek and three and a half hours from Etosha. It is also accessible by plane, with its own airstrip. The property totals 22,000 hectares with rocky outcrops, scrubby acacia bush and some open grasslands.
Accommodation & Facilities
Okonjima Bush Camp has eight standard rooms and one Junior Suite. The standard rooms are large, well-spaced, and comfortable, with thatched roofs, en-suite bathrooms, glass windows, and canvas panels to allow the sides to be opened to the views. Each room has a separate but adjacent sala, which has an open front, a fridge, a kettle, and big comfortable chairs. The Junior Suite has an outside shower and a bath, and it’s own sitting room with a fireplace. The main lodge is under a huge thatched roof and combines the dining room, lounge, curio shop and the bar, and it overlooks a waterhole which is lit in the evenings. The lawns in front of the lodge house a small swimming pool.
Wildlife & Activities
Okonjima is the home to the charitable Africat Foundation, whose mission is educating farmers and the general public about the benefits of maintaining wildlife populations. Out in the bush, Africat focuses on mitigating human-wildlife conflict, while also reducing livestock losses from predation. It also serves as an educational base for school children and adults from across Namibia. Okonjima also supports leopard research on a number of second and third generation leopards who have always lived on the property, and who are radio-collared. The activities on offer include an evening drive to track a collared leopard using telemetry and to give an insight into research programmes currently under way. Guests can actively assist with Africat’s research, by helping the guides collect and collate data. Okonjima offers guided Off the Beaten Track trails, a combination of driving and walking that is especially good for families thanks to the interactive experience on offer. Bushman paintings can be seen on interpretive walks, and several self-guided bush walks on the reserve are also available.