Okonjima Plains 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 Plains Camp has accommodation arranged in two wings, either side of the main building. One wing has 14 standard rooms located nearest to the lodge, and the other has ten ‘view’ rooms set a little further away. Each Standard room has a double bed, an en-suite bathroom, and opens onto the garden courtyard. The View rooms are spaced well apart and have views out across the bush-veldt to the mountains. These spacious new rooms have double beds, excellent modern facilities, en-suite bathrooms, a large outside deck, and day beds, and all are wheel-chair friendly. The main building has been designed to recreate a traditional Namibian farm atmosphere, and is in the form of a big barn. This houses a restaurant, a bar, and plenty of space to relax. There’s also a shop, and outside an open camp fire brings warmth to the evenings and a pool helps out on warm days.
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.