Situated halfway between Namibia’s quaint capital city, Windhoek, and the Etosha National Park, the private Okonjima Nature Reserve, nestled over 200 square kilometres amongst the imposing Omboroko Mountains, boasts some of the most exceptional accommodation in Namibia, but the unequivocal highlights are the cheetah and leopard safaris.
There are unlimited opportunities to see these beautiful carnivores in their natural environment within the huge Okonjima Nature Reserve, as well as to witness the critical conservation work undertaken by the AfriCat Foundation, which researches and rehabilitates cheetahs, wild dogs, and hyaenas.
Okonjima offers a wide spectrum of accommodation options, ranging from well-appointed private camp sites to breathtaking safari lodges. The award-winning Villa and Bush Suite offer an unparalleled luxury safari experience, indulging guests with a private chef, guide, and safari vehicle. Okonjima guarantees a unique African safari to remember.
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Okonjima is situated half-way between Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, and the Etosha National Park (a two and a half hour drive from either point), its central location making it ideally suited as a base from which to undertake excursions to other Namibian regions, or as the perfect break on the way to, or from, Etosha.
From the luxurious Villa to well-appointed Campsites, you’ll find your perfect accommodation at Okonjima. Choose from the Grand African Villa, Bush Suite, Luxury Bush Chalets, Plains Camp Lodge, or the Omboroko Campsite.
Our activities will delight, entertain, and educate even the most experienced traveler. Visit the AfriCat Foundation and learn about Namibia’s carnivores. Track cheetah, leopard, hyenas, and wild dogs. Hike, bike, or go for a swim. The activities are endless at Okonjima!
Shortly after my arrival at Plains Camp on a hot midsummer’s noon I’m drifting in a cool, round pool with corrugated iron sides. A Stewarts & Lloyds windmill clinks hypnotically overhead, slowly grinding to a halt as the breeze subsides. One could be forgiven for thinking one is on an African farm, but of course that’s exactly what the Hanssen family wants you to experience…
Nkozi was the most sighted male leopard during the year with 255 sightings. Even though he was occasionally spotted in his former ranges in the eastern part of the reserve, it seems as though he has shifted his hunting grounds mainly into the central-western parts. We believe this could be the result of high competition by other males in the area, although he now has to deal with younger challengers in his new ranges as well. However, exploitation of new areas has the advantage of new mating opportunities and Nkozi was seen mating regularly with Lila as well as Isaskia throughout the year.
Some 38 years or longer ago conservationists already had a clear vision with the practicalities that can be encountered with Park Management and saw the necessity to perform game counts.
In “Counting Animals” Norton-Griffith emphasizes:
No form of wildlife management, whether it is the establishment of cropping or hunting quotas, the development of tourism or the demarcation of boundaries is possible without reliable information on the numbers, population dynamics and movements of the animals concerned. This account deals with many of the practical problems that are met with when designing and carrying out a wildlife census.