Plains Camp

In Honor of the Cattle-Farming History of the Hanssen Family

14 Standard rooms and 10 spacious, upmarket/exclusive, View Rooms. Plains Camp hosts a 3-tier accommodation facility. Plains Camp is family & wheel-chair friendly!

The Plains Camp Information

The Plains Camp design honours the Okonjima cattle-farming history. In the early 1920’s, Okonjima became a cattle farm and was bought by Val (VJ) & Rose Hanssen in 1970. They were well-established Brahman breeders and continued to farm cattle until the need for solutions to increasing livestock losses became pertinent and post-independence interest in Namibia as a tourist destination, escalated. In 1993, the herds of Brahman and Jersey cattle were sold, changing the face of Okonjima as well as that of Carnivore Conservation!

The Barn/ Entertainment area – AKA ‘The Lapa’, meaning ‘Gathering Place’, – includes, the dining and lounge area, the pool and the curio-shop; and hosts the 3-tier accommodation facility. Plains Camp is family & wheel-chair friendly!

The open, grass-plains were ‘recovered’ by removing and burning invasive Acacia-bush during 2012 and 2013, creating the plains-view, ensuring a great sunset most evenings.
STANDARD ROOMS:

  • Each of the 14 Standard Rooms enjoy a view across the Okonjima grass plains!
  • 4 of the rooms, form 2 large, double rooms/family-units. All rooms are set 15m -20m apart, some distance from ‘The Barn’ or main entertainment area. The family unit (rooms # 1 & 2) are closest to the ‘The Barn’ and the second family unit (rooms # 13 & 14) are the furthest away from ‘The Barn’.
  • Each room has;
    • a small verandah,
    • wheel-chair friendly ramp,
    • 2 double beds,
    • a mini-fridge for own use,
    • a coffee/tea station,
    • 2 roof-fans,
    • twin basins and a larger shower;
    • a safe,
    • a telephone to contact reception.

VIEW ROOMS:

  • The 10 exclusive and spacious View Rooms, all have a view across the Okonjima grass plains!
  • 2 rooms form a large double room/family-unit. All rooms are set 25m -75m apart, some distance from ‘The Barn’ (the entertainment area). Room # 1 and the family unit (rooms # 3 & 4) are closest to ‘The Barn’.
  • The new View Rooms are set further apart than the Standard rooms providing more privacy and are more spacious offering a unique, affordable, wilderness experience.
  • Each room has;
    • a large verandah
    • wheel-chair friendly ramp,
    • 2 double beds,
    • a desk and a comfortable reading chair
    • a mini-fridge for own use,
    • a coffee/tea station,
    • 2 roof-fans,
    • twin basins and a larger, twin shower;
    • a safe,
    • a telephone to contact reception.

BUDGET GARDEN ROOMS:

  • 6 budget, Garden Rooms are situated within the lush, original homestead garden and overlook a Lapa with a coffee/tea station.
  • Each en-suite room has a double and a single bed, a roof-fan, a coffee-station and a safe.
  • The rooms are situated close together and have no wilderness view.
  • These rooms are unfortunately not wheel-chair friendly.
  • All lodge facilities e.g. activities, all meals, bar service and curio shop are offered from Plains Camp Barn.
  • Floor Size: Garden Rooms = 22m2 – compare to the Plains Camp Standard Rooms = 77m2 – View Rooms = 88m2

Dear Agents,

Included is a short description and map of our Garden Rooms. (see MAP in Photo Gallery)
Please make sure your guests are satisfied with the location and size of the rooms prior to booking.
These rooms should only be considered if the Plains Camp Standard and View Rooms are fully booked, as clients at times feel detached from the rest of the daily lodge activities.
Please note that the original Main Camp Lapa only offers a coffee/tea station during the day.
All lodge facilities e.g. activities, all meals, bar service and curio shop are offered from the Plains Camp Barn.
The distance from the Garden Rooms to the Plains Camp Barn is about 700m – walking distance.

Dear Guest,  

Included is a short description and map of our Garden rooms.  (see MAP in Photo Gallery)
Please make sure you are satisfied with the location and size of the Garden Room you might want to book,  prior to your booking.
We suggest you considered the Plains Camp Standard or View rooms, if available, as you might feel detached from the rest of the daily lodge activities.
Please note that the  Main Camp Lapa only offers a coffee/tea station during the day.
All Lodge facilities e.g., activities, all meals, bar service and curio shop are offered from the Plains Camp Barn (700m walk or drive, east of the Garden Rooms).
The distance from the Garden rooms to the Plains Camp Barn is about 700m – walking distance.

PLAINS CAMP FAST FACTS:

  • 3 en-suite, twin tents are available for guides & pilots.
  • Plains Camp offers 2 large, secluded swimming pools with sufficient shade-area, surrounded by a lush lawn. The pool closest to The Plains Camp over-looks the grass plains.
  • Due to the nature of our activities, child participation on activities is restricted.
  • Rate: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (DBB) only. We have eliminated the Full Board rate at Plains Camp, based on guest preferences, allowing greater flexibility with regards to adding activities as desired.
  • PLEASE NOTE: NIGHT HIDE @ PLAINS CAMP: – We are no longer offering the night- hide activity after dinner to Plains Camp guests, due to lodge size | pax and logistics. Guest are more than welcome to join or enquire about a ‘Night-Drive’ after dinner at reception. (additional cost)

UPGRADES & MAINTENANCE:
10 Standard Rooms overlooking the Okonjima grass plains, were completed August 2008
4 Standard Rooms overlooking the Okonjima grass plains, which can double-up as family-units, were added in Feb / March 2013.
10 upmarket / exclusive, spacious View Rooms, overlooking the Okonjima grass plains, were completed in May / June 2014
6 Budget, Garden Rooms were upgraded in June 2016. These 6 rooms overlook the original farm-house garden and the old Main Camp Lapa.

ROOM SIZE:
Main Camp Lapa: 800m2
Plains Camp Lapa/Barn: 1015m2

Garden Rooms: 22m2
Standard Rooms: 77m2
View Rooms: 88m2

CO-ORDINATES
Okonjima Plains Camp & Airstrip
S 20 51.539’ ; E 16 38.472’

Plains Camp Reception

Plains Camp Pool

Plains Camp View Room

Plains Camp Terrace At Night

Plains Camp Terrace Dining

Plains Camp Dining

Plains Camp Entrance at Night

Plains Camp Terrace Lounge

Plains Camp Lounge

Plains Camp From Waterhole - Close

Plains Camp From Waterhole - Far

Plains Camp Curio Shop

Plains Camp Entrance

Plains Camp Standard Room

View Rooms

Standard Rooms

Lapa Barn

Garden Rooms

Main Camp Lounge Area For Garden Room Guests

(This entertainment area is only used for presentations, events and conferences)

All activities, all meals, bar service and curio-shop are offered from the Plains Camp Barn (700m walk or drive)

THE AFRICAT FOUNDATION: 

The AFRICAT FOUNDATION is a registered, Namibian-based, non-profit organization (# T48/93), dedicated to the protection and conservation of Namibian’s Large Carnivores in their natural habitat. AfriCat actively supports the long term survival of Namibia’s large carnivores through Environmental Education, Research, Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation and Community Support programmes.  Okonjima is home to the headquarters of AfriCat, whereas AfriCat North, is based along Etosha’s south-western boundary,

(AfriCat’s northern project strives to mitigate Human-Wildlife Conflict on farmland especially with regards to the lion (Panthera leo), by educating the youth, encouraging adapted livestock management and conducting essential research & monitoring of wild lion populations.)

AfriCat has grown significantly since its inception and has over the years identified the need to include a focus on education, community support, research and rehabilitation as being essential to accomplishing our new mission: to make a significant contribution to CONSERVATION through EDUCATION,  while still striving towards the long term survival of Namibia’s predators in their natural habitat. Visitors will be able to observe some of this programme at work and learn more about these amazing and beautiful animals.
www.africat.org

LEOPARD VIEWING:  The leopard is the most adaptable of all the wild cats and has the widest distribution.  Leopards are frequently seen on Okonjima, giving visitors an opportunity to observe these magnificent predators that are ‘radio-tracked’ from our game-viewing vehicles.  The leopards roam freely and catch their own prey within the 20 000ha / 200km2  nature reserve.  These solitary cats however, are elusive and roam huge, sometimes mountainous terrain and acacia thickets,  and therefore sightings are not guaranteed.

LARGE CARNIVORE TRACKING ON FOOT:  Okonjima guests are invited to participate on foot in the radio-tracking of the ‘rehabilitated carnivores’ on the Tracking Trail within the 20 000ha / 200km2 rehabilitation nature reserve.
http://www.africat.org/program/rehabilitation

THE CHEETAH PROJECT:  Offers visitors a valuable insight into the ‘welfare work’ of The AfriCat Foundation.  At AfriCat HQ, over the past 2 decades, the ‘Rescue and Release Programme’ developed as a result of our relationship with the farming community. The welfare, in turn, was a by-product of the ‘Rescue and Release Programme’.  Some of the ‘ambassadors’ in our care are young, fit and wild enough to be part of our ‘Rehabilitation Project’.  There are, however, some cheetahs and leopards too old or tame to go back into the wild. These individuals are going to live out their lives under the expert care of the AfriCat team and continue to be “ambassadors” for their wild counter-parts,  but some of the cheetahs you will see at AfriCat’s Carnivore Care Centre, are in-line to be rehabilitated into the private Okonjima Nature Reserve and are patiently awaiting their turn to get a second chance to go back into the wild.
http://www.africat.org/program/carnivore-care

(DAY-VISITORS are able to observe some of this programme’s work and learn more about these endangered, amazing & beautiful animals!)
http://okonjima.com/activities/day-visits-with-us/

(PLEASE NOTE: Tracking of the rehabilitated carnivores in the 200km2 Okonjima Reserve is reserved for guests staying at one of Okonjima’s lodges.)

BUSHMAN TRAIL: Experience a day in the life of a Bushman. It constitutes an easy walking trail and is highly informative. Guests get to learn about the art of making traditional artefacts and how the San adapt and survive in an unforgiving wilderness environment. Participation is welcomed!

 

NOCTURNAL GAME DRIVE: After dinner, guests are invited to join a guided, nature-drive in the 20 000ha / 200km² private, Okonjima Nature Reserve.

NATURE TRAIL:  Self-guided walking trails of up to 8 km, for those guests who want to spend some time alone in the solitude of the Okonjima wilderness.

BIRD WATCHING: Identify some of the more than 250+ species in the area, including some of the Namibian endemics – Carp’s Black Tit, Hartlaub’s Francolin and the (Damara) Rock Runner.

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS VIEWED FROM A HIDE: 

BUSH CAMP GUESTS ONLY! At the nocturnal hide visitors may view after-dinner ‘Nightlife’ such as porcupine, honey-badgers and caracal, amongst others.  Plains Camp, The Villa and Bush Suite guests do not visit the nocturnal hide.  If Bush Suite guests wish to join the Bush Camp guests during their after-dinner activity – prior notice must be given!  The Villa & Bush Suite guests will have the possibility to view night life from their private ‘flood-lit’ water holes.

(PLAINS CAMP: We are no longer offering the night-hide activity after dinner to Plains Camp guests, due to lodge size | pax and logistics. Guest are more than welcome to join or enquire about a ‘Night-Drive’ after dinner at reception.) (additional cost)

SWIMMING:  Guests are welcome to make use of the pool at any time of the day or night. All camps have their own swimming pool.

PHOTOGRAPHY:  With the abundance of animals and bird life and spectacular scenery, Okonjima is a photographer’s paradise.  Be sure to advise your clients to bring plenty of film (for the old cameras) and many memory cards for the new!!

PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKE NOTE: 

Due to the specific nature of our rehabilitation project – many of the free roaming cats on OKONJIMA are radio-collared.  ALL cats that are part of AfriCat’s Carnivore Care programme, are NOT radio-collared.

FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO SEE VIDEO CLIPS  – CLICK HERE:  http://okonjima.com/activities/

HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES:  http://okonjima.com/media/activities-okonjima-high-resolution-images/

RACK RATE: PLAINS CAMP 2017 (01 January to 31 December)

OKONJIMA PLAINS CAMP RACK RATE
Standard Rooms PER PERSON
PER NIGHT
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING N$ 2025
Single Supplement (+750) N$ 2830
Children: 3 – 6 years – sharing free of charge
Children: 7 – 16 years – sharing N$ 1013
View Rooms Per Person
Per Night
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING N$ 3150
Single Supplement (+750) N$ 3955
Children: 3 – 6 years – sharing free of charge
Children: 7 – 16 years – sharing N$ 1575
Garden Rooms Per Person
Per Night
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING N$ 1500
Single Supplement (+700) N$ 2350
Children: 3 – 6 years – sharing free of charge
Children: 7 – 16 years – sharing N$ 850

Pilot & Guide Fees Per Guide/Pilot Per Night
Pilot & Guide Fees N$ 750

EXTRAS – NON COMMISSIONABLE PER PERSON/
PER ACTIVITY
AM and PM activities N$ 670
AfriCat Welfare Activity N$ 500
AM and PM activities – Children 7 – 16 years N$ 340
AfriCat Welfare Activity – Children 3 – 16 years N$ 250
PER PERSON
Lunch N$ 200
Lunch Children 3 – 16 years N$ 150
Lunch Pack N$ 150
Transfers (by road) On Request

RACK RATE: PLAINS CAMP 2018 (01 January to 31 December)

OKONJIMA PLAINS CAMP RACK RATE
Standard Rooms PER PERSON
PER NIGHT
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING N$ 2430
Single Supplement (+750) N$ 3280
Children: 3 – 6 years – sharing free of charge
Children: 7 – 16 years – sharing N$ 1215
View Rooms Per Person
Per Night
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING N$ 3465
Single Supplement (+750) N$ 4315
Children: 3 – 6 years – sharing free of charge
Children: 7 – 16 years – sharing N$ 1733
Garden Rooms Per Person
Per Night
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING N$ 1800
Single Supplement (+850) N$ 2650
Children: 3 – 6 years – sharing free of charge
Children: 7 – 16 years – sharing N$ 900

Pilot & Guide Fees Per Guide/Pilot Per Night
Pilot & Guide Fees N$ 825

EXTRAS – NON COMMISSIONABLE PER PERSON/
PER /ACTIVITY
AM and PM activities N$ 700
AfriCat Welfare Activity N$ 550
AM and PM activities – Children 7 – 16 years N$ 350
AfriCat Welfare Activity – Children 3 – 16 years N$ 258
PER PERSON
Lunch N$ 240
Lunch Children 3 – 16 years N$ 180
Lunch Pack N$ 165
Transfers (by road) On Request

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

ALL RATES ARE QUOTED IN NAMIBIAN DOLLARS (NAD) 

HALFBOARD (DBB) RATES INCLUDE:
Plains Camp : Accomm, Dinner, Breakfast or brunch, Levy, Vat, Park and Environmental Education fee
Coffee/tea and fruit available throughout the day

PILOTS & GUIDES:
At rates above, pilots and guides must be prepared to sleep in LUX. EN-SUITE TENTS and can only participate on activities if space is available.

CHILDREN:
Due to the nature of our activities, child participation is restricted, depending on age and activity.

Parents will have to sign a special indemnity taking full responsibility for any children under the age of 16 years.
Due to dangerous animals, we cannot guarantee their safety.

METHOD OF PAYMENT:
50% deposit one month prior to date of arrival.
Should you cancel less than 3 weeks prior to arrival , an additional cancellation fee will be deducted.

EFT/BANK TRANSFER PAYMENTS: 
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  • Excellent Exchange Rates that beat the bank
  • Pay in your own local currency into a local bank account in your own country

Click here for more information and instructions on how to use our payment gateway.

CANCELLATION FEE POLICY:

Less than 4 weeks prior to arrival date 25% cancellation fee
Less than 3 weeks prior to arrival date 50% cancellation fee
Less than 2 weeks prior to arrival date 75% cancellation fee
Less than 1 week prior to arrival date 80% cancellation fee
No show 100% cancellation fee

CHECK IN TIMES:
From 13h00
Those who wish to partake in the afternoon activities: before 16h00 (summer time) and 15h00 (winter time).

CHECK OUT TIMES:
No later than 10h30

Okonjima reserves the right to amend these rates as and when necessary.

SPECIAL OFFER: NAMIBIAN & OTHER SADC CITIZENS only

Valid from 01 December 2016  until 30 June 2017
These rates apply to Plains Camp Standard Rooms only
SADC (Southern African Development Community) is a regional organisation consisting of 14 Member Countries.
(Angola, Botswana, Congo (DR), Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe).

 

OKONJIMA PLAINS CAMP
1 Night Stay PER PERSON / PER NIGHT TOTAL:(NETT)
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING (Dinner, Bed, Breakfast) N$ 1375 N$ 1375
Children: 3 – 6 years – sharing Free of Charge Free of Charge
Children: 7 – 16 years – sharing N$ 688 N$ 688
2 Night Stay 1st Night 2nd Night (less 50%) Total: (NETT)
Stay for 2 nights – less 50% for 2nd night Per Person / Per Night Per Person / Per Night Per Person / 2 Nights
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING (Dinner, Bed, Breakfast) N$ 1375 N$ 688 N$ 2063
Children: 3 – 6 years – sharing Free of Charge Free of Charge Free of Charge
Children: 7 – 16 years – sharing N$ 688 N$ 344 N$ 1031
3 Night Stay 1st + 2nd Night 3rd Night (FREE) Total: (NETT)
Pay for 2 nights and stay for 3 Per Person / 2 Nights Per Person / Per Night Per Person / 3 Nights
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING (Dinner, Bed, Breakfast) N$ 2750 Free of Charge N$ 2750
Children: 3 – 6 years – sharing Free of Charge Free of Charge Free of Charge
Children: 7 – 16 years – sharing N$ 1375 Free of Charge N$ 1375

EXTRAS

AM + PM Park Activities N$ 335
AM + PM Activities: Children 7 – 16 years N$ 295
AfriCat Welfare Activity N$ 500
AfriCat Welfare Activity: Children 3 – 16 years N$ 200
Lunch N$ 165
Lunch: Children 3 – 16 years N$ 100
Lunch Packs N$ 150
Transfers (By Road) On Request

Important Information

ALL RATES ARE QUOTED IN NAMIBIAN DOLLARS (NAD)
Only Namibian & other SADC Passport holders can qualify for special rate.

HALFBOARD (DBB) INCLUDES:
Dinner, bed, breakfast or lunch, levy, VAT

CHILDREN:
Children are welcome.
Due to the nature of our activities, child participation is restricted, depending on age and activity.
NO TRACKING ON FOOT in the Okonjima Nature Reserve for children under 12 years of age.
Parents will have to sign a special indemnity taking full responsibility for any children under the age of 16 years.
No Nanny service is provided.

METHOD OF PAYMENT:
100% deposit within 7 days of placing the booking.
Via credit card / bank transfer.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
HIGH SEASON (JULY – NOVEMBER)

60 – 31 Days prior to arrival date 50% cancellation fee
30 – 8 Days prior to arrival date 80% cancellation fee
7 Days – NO SHOW prior to arrival 100% cancellation fee

LOW SEASON (DECEMBER – JUNE)

30 – 15 Days prior to arrival date 50% cancellation fee
14 – 8 Days prior to arrival date 80% cancellation fee
7 Days – NO SHOW prior to arrival 100% cancellation fee

CHECK IN TIMES:
From 12h00
Those who wish to partake in afternoon activites: before 16h00 (summer time) and 15h00 (winter time)

CHECK OUT TIMES:
No later than 10h30


DAY VISIT TO THE AFRICAT FOUNDATION Namibian & SADC Rate: 2016 (01 January – 31 December)

RACK RATE: (Per Person)
Activity N$ 195
Activity: Children 3-6 years Free of Charge
Activity: Children 7 – 16 years N$ 150
Lunch (Non Comm.) N$ 150
Lunch: Children 3 – 16 years N$ 105
Lunch Packs (Non Comm.) N$ 120

Important Information

ALL RATES ARE QUOTED IN NAMIBIAN DOLLARS (NAD)

A scenic 18 km drive off the B1 (approx. 20 min). Halfway between Windhoek and the Etosha National Park.

ACTIVITY:
A visit to the AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre.
Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours
Departure Times: 11:00 & 13:00 (summer time)
Departure Times: 10:30 & 12:30 (winter time)

LUNCH:
A light lunch.
Lunch packs: Prior Arrangement Necessary
Time: 12:30 – 14:30 (summer time)
Time: 12:00 – 14:00 (winter time)

Children are welcome
Due to the nature of our activities, child participation is restricted, depending on age and activity.
Parents will have to sign a special indemnity taking full responsibility for any children under the age of 16 years.


Okonjima Camping Namibian & SADC Rate: 2016 (01 January – 31 December)

TOTAL (nett)
4 EXCLUSIVE CAMP SITES Per Person / Per Night
Camp Site N$ 200
Children 7-16 years N$ 100
Children 0 – 6 years Free of Charge

EXCLUDES:

Activities (BOOK ON ARRIVAL) Per Person / Per Activity
The AfriCat Foundation Welfare Project – Guided N$ 280
Children 3 – 16 years N$ 195
The Bushman Trail – Guided N$ 195
Children 3 – 16 years N$ 195
Walking Trails Through Wilderness Area – Self Guided
Trails up to 8 km are available, made with varying degree of difficulty. Okonjima has positively identified over 250 bird species, which include most of Namibia’s endemics.
Optional (PRE-BOOKING REQUIRED / LIMITED AVAILABILITY) Per Person / Per Activity
AM & PM Park Activities (Leopard / Cheetah Tracking in the Nature Reserve) – Guided N$ 280
Children 7 – 16 years N$ 280
Meals: (Day Centre or Lodges) Per Person
Dinner N$ 180
Children 3 – 16 years N$ 130
Breakfast / Lunch (per meal) N$ 150
Children 6 – 16 years N$ 105
Transfer from Campsite to Lodge for meals or optional activities N$ 55

INCLUDES:
Two showers including hot water
Two private flush toilets
Under-cover scullery and dining area
A sundowner viewpoint
Firewood is provided

Swimming Pool:
One campsite swimming pool can be enjoyed by all campers

Electricity:
One fixed spotlight per campsite for cooking and packing.
One plug point for the charging of fridges, cameras, cell phones, etc.

Children:
Due to the nature of our activities, child participation is restricted, depending on age and activity
Parents will have to sign a special indemnity taking full responsibility for any children under the age of 16 years.

PLEASE NOTE:
Clients must provide their own food, drinks and all camping gear eg. tents, sleeping bags, etc.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
HIGH SEASON (JULY – NOVEMBER)

60 – 31 Days prior to arrival date 50% cancellation fee
30 – 8 Days prior to arrival date 80% cancellation fee
7 Days – NO SHOW prior to arrival 100% cancellation fee

LOW SEASON (DECEMBER – JUNE)

30 – 15 Days prior to arrival date 50% cancellation fee
14 – 8 Days prior to arrival date 80% cancellation fee
7 Days – NO SHOW prior to arrival 100% cancellation fee

CHECK IN TIMES:
From 12h00
Those who wish to partake in afternoon activites: before 16h00 (summer time) and 15h00 (winter time)

CHECK OUT TIMES:
No later than 10h30

The Plains Camp Information

About

The Plains Camp design honours the Okonjima cattle-farming history. In the early 1920’s, Okonjima became a cattle farm and was bought by Val (VJ) & Rose Hanssen in 1970. They were well-established Brahman breeders and continued to farm cattle until the need for solutions to increasing livestock losses became pertinent and post-independence interest in Namibia as a tourist destination, escalated. In 1993, the herds of Brahman and Jersey cattle were sold, changing the face of Okonjima as well as that of Carnivore Conservation!

The Barn/ Entertainment area – AKA ‘The Lapa’, meaning ‘Gathering Place’, – includes, the dining and lounge area, the pool and the curio-shop; and hosts the 3-tier accommodation facility. Plains Camp is family & wheel-chair friendly!

The open, grass-plains were ‘recovered’ by removing and burning invasive Acacia-bush during 2012 and 2013, creating the plains-view, ensuring a great sunset most evenings.
STANDARD ROOMS:

  • Each of the 14 Standard Rooms enjoy a view across the Okonjima grass plains!
  • 4 of the rooms, form 2 large, double rooms/family-units. All rooms are set 15m -20m apart, some distance from ‘The Barn’ or main entertainment area. The family unit (rooms # 1 & 2) are closest to the ‘The Barn’ and the second family unit (rooms # 13 & 14) are the furthest away from ‘The Barn’.
  • Each room has;
    • a small verandah,
    • wheel-chair friendly ramp,
    • 2 double beds,
    • a mini-fridge for own use,
    • a coffee/tea station,
    • 2 roof-fans,
    • twin basins and a larger shower;
    • a safe,
    • a telephone to contact reception.

VIEW ROOMS:

  • The 10 exclusive and spacious View Rooms, all have a view across the Okonjima grass plains!
  • 2 rooms form a large double room/family-unit. All rooms are set 25m -75m apart, some distance from ‘The Barn’ (the entertainment area). Room # 1 and the family unit (rooms # 3 & 4) are closest to ‘The Barn’.
  • The new View Rooms are set further apart than the Standard rooms providing more privacy and are more spacious offering a unique, affordable, wilderness experience.
  • Each room has;
    • a large verandah
    • wheel-chair friendly ramp,
    • 2 double beds,
    • a desk and a comfortable reading chair
    • a mini-fridge for own use,
    • a coffee/tea station,
    • 2 roof-fans,
    • twin basins and a larger, twin shower;
    • a safe,
    • a telephone to contact reception.

BUDGET GARDEN ROOMS:

  • 6 budget, Garden Rooms are situated within the lush, original homestead garden and overlook a Lapa with a coffee/tea station.
  • Each en-suite room has a double and a single bed, a roof-fan, a coffee-station and a safe.
  • The rooms are situated close together and have no wilderness view.
  • These rooms are unfortunately not wheel-chair friendly.
  • All lodge facilities e.g. activities, all meals, bar service and curio shop are offered from Plains Camp Barn.
  • Floor Size: Garden Rooms = 22m2 – compare to the Plains Camp Standard Rooms = 77m2 – View Rooms = 88m2

Dear Agents,

Included is a short description and map of our Garden Rooms. (see MAP in Photo Gallery)
Please make sure your guests are satisfied with the location and size of the rooms prior to booking.
These rooms should only be considered if the Plains Camp Standard and View Rooms are fully booked, as clients at times feel detached from the rest of the daily lodge activities.
Please note that the original Main Camp Lapa only offers a coffee/tea station during the day.
All lodge facilities e.g. activities, all meals, bar service and curio shop are offered from the Plains Camp Barn.
The distance from the Garden Rooms to the Plains Camp Barn is about 700m – walking distance.

Dear Guest,  

Included is a short description and map of our Garden rooms.  (see MAP in Photo Gallery)
Please make sure you are satisfied with the location and size of the Garden Room you might want to book,  prior to your booking.
We suggest you considered the Plains Camp Standard or View rooms, if available, as you might feel detached from the rest of the daily lodge activities.
Please note that the  Main Camp Lapa only offers a coffee/tea station during the day.
All Lodge facilities e.g., activities, all meals, bar service and curio shop are offered from the Plains Camp Barn (700m walk or drive, east of the Garden Rooms).
The distance from the Garden rooms to the Plains Camp Barn is about 700m – walking distance.

PLAINS CAMP FAST FACTS:

  • 3 en-suite, twin tents are available for guides & pilots.
  • Plains Camp offers 2 large, secluded swimming pools with sufficient shade-area, surrounded by a lush lawn. The pool closest to The Plains Camp over-looks the grass plains.
  • Due to the nature of our activities, child participation on activities is restricted.
  • Rate: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (DBB) only. We have eliminated the Full Board rate at Plains Camp, based on guest preferences, allowing greater flexibility with regards to adding activities as desired.
  • PLEASE NOTE: NIGHT HIDE @ PLAINS CAMP: – We are no longer offering the night- hide activity after dinner to Plains Camp guests, due to lodge size | pax and logistics. Guest are more than welcome to join or enquire about a ‘Night-Drive’ after dinner at reception. (additional cost)

UPGRADES & MAINTENANCE:
10 Standard Rooms overlooking the Okonjima grass plains, were completed August 2008
4 Standard Rooms overlooking the Okonjima grass plains, which can double-up as family-units, were added in Feb / March 2013.
10 upmarket / exclusive, spacious View Rooms, overlooking the Okonjima grass plains, were completed in May / June 2014
6 Budget, Garden Rooms were upgraded in June 2016. These 6 rooms overlook the original farm-house garden and the old Main Camp Lapa.

ROOM SIZE:
Main Camp Lapa: 800m2
Plains Camp Lapa/Barn: 1015m2

Garden Rooms: 22m2
Standard Rooms: 77m2
View Rooms: 88m2

CO-ORDINATES
Okonjima Plains Camp & Airstrip
S 20 51.539’ ; E 16 38.472’

Tours

Plains Camp Reception

Plains Camp Pool

Plains Camp View Room

Plains Camp Terrace At Night

Plains Camp Terrace Dining

Plains Camp Dining

Plains Camp Entrance at Night

Plains Camp Terrace Lounge

Plains Camp Lounge

Plains Camp From Waterhole - Close

Plains Camp From Waterhole - Far

Plains Camp Curio Shop

Plains Camp Entrance

Plains Camp Standard Room

Photo Gallery

View Rooms

Standard Rooms

Lapa Barn

Garden Rooms

Main Camp Lounge Area For Garden Room Guests

(This entertainment area is only used for presentations, events and conferences)

All activities, all meals, bar service and curio-shop are offered from the Plains Camp Barn (700m walk or drive)

Activities

THE AFRICAT FOUNDATION:  Okonjima is home to the headquarters of AfriCat.  AfriCat is a non-profit organisation set up to conserve and protect threatened cheetah, leopard, and other wild carnivores of Namibia.  AfriCat has grown significantly since its inception and has over the years identified the need to include a focus on education, community support, research and rehabilitation as being essential to accomplishing our new mission: to make a significant contribution to CONSERVATION through EDUCATION,  while still striving towards the long term survival of Namibia’s predators in their natural habitat.  Visitors will be able to observe some of this programme at work and learn more about these amazing and beautiful animals.  www.africat.org 

LEOPARD VIEWING:  The leopard is the most adaptable of all the wild cats and has the widest distribution.  Leopards are frequently seen on Okonjima, giving visitors an opportunity to observe these magnificent predators that are ‘radio-tracked’ from our game-viewing vehicles.  The leopards roam freely and catch their own prey within the 20 000ha / 200km2  nature reserve.  These solitary cats however, are elusive and roam huge, sometimes mountainous terrain and acacia thickets,  and therefore sightings are not guaranteed.

THE CHEETAH PROJECT:  Offers visitors a valuable insight into the ‘welfare work’ of The AfriCat Foundation.  At AfriCat HQ, over the past 2 decades, the ‘Rescue and Release Programme’ developed as a result of our relationship with the farming community. The welfare, in turn, was a by-product of the ‘Rescue and Release Programme’.  Some of the ‘ambassadors’ in our care are young, fit and wild enough to be part of our ‘Rehabilitation Project’.  There are, however, some cheetahs and leopards too old or tame to go back into the wild. These individuals are going to live out their lives under the expert care of the AfriCat team and continue to be “ambassadors” for their wild counter-parts,  but some of the cheetahs you will see at AfriCat’s Carnivore Care Centre, are in-line to be rehabilitated into the private Okonjima Nature Reserve and are patiently awaiting their turn to get a second chance to go back into the wild.  http://www.africat.org/program/carnivore-care

(DAY-VISITORS are able to observe some of this programme’s work and learn more about these endangered, amazing & beautiful animals!) http://okonjima.com/activities/day-visits-with-us/

LARGE CARNIVORE TRACKING ON FOOT:  Okonjima guests are invited to participate on foot in the radio-tracking of the rehabilitated Cheetahs, Wild Dogs or the Spotted Hyaenas on the Tracking Trail within the 20 000ha / 200km2 rehabilitation nature reserve. http://www.africat.org/program/rehabilitation

(PLEASE NOTE: Tracking of the rehabilitated carnivores in the 200km2 Okonjima Reserve is reserved for guests staying at one of Okonjima’s lodges.)

BUSHMAN TRAIL: Experience a day in the life of a Bushman. It constitutes an easy walking trail and is highly informative. Guests get to learn about the art of making traditional artefacts and how the San adapt and survive in an unforgiving wilderness environment. Participation is welcomed!

 

NOCTURNAL GAME DRIVE: After dinner, guests are invited to join a guided, nature-drive in the 20 000ha / 200km² private, Okonjima Nature Reserve.

NATURE TRAIL:  Self-guided walking trails of up to 8 km, for those guests who want to spend some time alone in the solitude of the Okonjima wilderness.

BIRD WATCHING: Identify some of the more than 250+ species in the area, including some of the Namibian endemics – Carp’s Black Tit, Hartlaub’s Francolin and the (Damara) Rock Runner.

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS VIEWED FROM A HIDE: 

BUSH CAMP GUESTS ONLY! At the nocturnal hide visitors may view after-dinner ‘Nightlife’ such as porcupine, honey-badgers and caracal, amongst others.  Plains Camp, The Villa and Bush Suite guests do not visit the nocturnal hide.  If Bush Suite guests wish to join the Bush Camp guests during their after-dinner activity – prior notice must be given!  The Villa & Bush Suite guests will have the possibility to view night life from their private ‘flood-lit’ water holes.

(PLAINS CAMP: We are no longer offering the night-hide activity after dinner to Plains Camp guests, due to lodge size | pax and logistics. Guest are more than welcome to join or enquire about a ‘Night-Drive’ after dinner at reception.) (additional cost)

SWIMMING:  Guests are welcome to make use of the pool at any time of the day or night. All camps have their own swimming pool.

PHOTOGRAPHY:  With the abundance of animals and bird life and spectacular scenery, Okonjima is a photographer’s paradise.  Be sure to advise your clients to bring plenty of film (for the old cameras) and many memory cards for the new!!

PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKE NOTE: 

Due to the specific nature of our rehabilitation project – many of the free roaming cats on OKONJIMA are radio-collared.  ALL cats that are part of AfriCat’s Carnivore Care programme, are NOT radio-collared.

FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO SEE VIDEO CLIPS  – CLICK HERE:  http://okonjima.com/activities/

HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES:  http://okonjima.com/media/activities-okonjima-high-resolution-images/

Rates & Reservations

RACK RATE: PLAINS CAMP 2016 (01 January to 31 December)

OKONJIMA LUXURY BUSH CAMP RACK RATE
Standard Rooms PER PERSON
PER NIGHT
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING N$ 1760
Single Supplement (+750) N$ 1760
Children: 3 – 6 years – sharing free of charge
Children: 7 – 16 years – sharing N$ 880
View Rooms Per Person
Per Night
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING N$ 2700
Single Supplement (+750) N$ 3450
Children: 3 – 6 years – sharing free of charge
Children: 7 – 16 years – sharing N$ 1350
Garden Rooms Per Person
Per Night
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING N$ 1250
Single Supplement (+700) N$ 1950
Children: 3 – 6 years – sharing free of charge
Children: 7 – 16 years – sharing N$ 775

Pilot & Guide Fees Per Guide/Pilot Per Night
Pilot & Guide Fees N$ 750

EXTRAS – NON COMMISSIONABLE PER PERSON/
PER ACTIVITY
AM and PM activities N$ 560
AM and PM activities – Children 7 – 16 years N$ 280
AfriCat Welfare Activity N$ 415
AfriCat Welfare Activity – Children 3 – 16 years N$ 195
PER PERSON
Lunch N$ 165
Lunch Children 3 – 16 years N$ 105
Lunch Pack N$ 120
Transfers (by road) On Request

RACK RATE: PLAINS CAMP 2017 (01 January to 31 December)

OKONJIMA PLAINS CAMP RACK RATE
Standard Rooms PER PERSON
PER NIGHT
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING N$ 2025
Single Supplement (+750) N$ 2830
Children: 3 – 6 years – sharing free of charge
Children: 7 – 16 years – sharing N$ 1013
View Rooms Per Person
Per Night
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING N$ 3150
Single Supplement (+750) N$ 3955
Children: 3 – 6 years – sharing free of charge
Children: 7 – 16 years – sharing N$ 1575
Garden Rooms Per Person
Per Night
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING N$ 1500
Single Supplement (+805) N$ 2350
Children: 3 – 6 years – sharing free of charge
Children: 7 – 16 years – sharing N$ 850

Pilot & Guide Fees Per Guide/Pilot Per Night
Pilot & Guide Fees N$ 750

EXTRAS – NON COMMISSIONABLE PER PERSON/
PER ACTIVITY
AM and PM activities N$ 670
AM and PM activities – Children 7 – 16 years N$ 340
AfriCat Welfare Activity N$ 500
AfriCat Welfare Activity – Children 3 – 16 years N$ 250
PER PERSON
Lunch N$ 200
Lunch Children 3 – 16 years N$ 150
Lunch Pack N$ 150
Transfers (by road) On Request

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

ALL RATES ARE QUOTED IN NAMIBIAN DOLLARS (NAD) 

HALFBOARD (DBB) RATES INCLUDE:
Plainscamp : Accomm, Dinner, Breakfast or brunch, Levy, Vat, Park and Environmental Education fee
Coffee/tea and fruit available throughout the day

PILOTS & GUIDES:
At rates above, pilots and guides must be prepared to sleep in LUX. EN-SUITE TENTS and can only participate on activities if space is available.

CHILDREN:
Due to the nature of our activities, child participation is restricted, depending on age and activity.

Parents will have to sign a special indemnity taking full responsibility for any children under the age of 16 years.
Due to dangerous animals, we cannot guarantee their safety.

METHOD OF PAYMENT:
50% deposit one month prior to date of arrival.
Should you cancel less than 3 weeks prior to arrival , an additional cancellation fee will be deducted.

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CANCELLATION FEE POLICY:

Less than 4 weeks prior to arrival date 25% cancellation fee
Less than 3 weeks prior to arrival date 50% cancellation fee
Less than 2 weeks prior to arrival date 75% cancellation fee
Less than 1 week prior to arrival date 80% cancellation fee
No show 100% cancellation fee

CHECK IN TIMES:
From 12h00
Those who wish to partake in the afternoon activities: before 16h00 (summer time) and 15h00 (winter time).

CHECK OUT TIMES:
No later than 10h30

Okonjima reserves the right to amend these rates as and when necessary.

Specials

SPECIAL OFFER: NAMIBIAN & OTHER SADC CITIZENS only

Valid from 01 December 2016  until 30 June 2017
These rates apply to Plains Camp Standard Rooms only
SADC (Southern African Development Community) is a regional organisation consisting of 14 Member Countries.
(Angola, Botswana, Congo (DR), Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe).

OKONJIMA PLAINS CAMP
1 Night Stay PER PERSON / PER NIGHT TOTAL:(NETT)
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING (Dinner, Bed, Breakfast) N$ 1375 N$ 1375
Children: 3 – 6 years – sharing Free of Charge Free of Charge
Children: 7 – 16 years – sharing N$ 688 N$ 688
2 Night Stay 1st Night 2nd Night (less 50%) Total: (NETT)
Stay for 2 nights – less 50% for 2nd night Per Person / Per Night Per Person / Per Night Per Person / 2 Nights
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING (Dinner, Bed, Breakfast) N$ 1375 N$ 688 N$ 2063
Children: 3 – 6 years – sharing Free of Charge Free of Charge Free of Charge
Children: 7 – 16 years – sharing N$ 688 N$ 344 N$ 1031
3 Night Stay 1st + 2nd Night 3rd Night (FREE) Total: (NETT)
Pay for 2 nights and stay for 3 Per Person / 2 Nights Per Person / Per Night Per Person / 3 Nights
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING (Dinner, Bed, Breakfast) N$ 2750 Free of Charge N$ 2750
Children: 3 – 6 years – sharing Free of Charge Free of Charge Free of Charge
Children: 7 – 16 years – sharing N$ 1375 Free of Charge N$ 1375

EXTRAS

AM + PM Park Activities N$ 335
AM + PM Activities: Children 7 – 16 years N$ 295
AfriCat Welfare Activity N$ 500
AfriCat Welfare Activity: Children 3 – 16 years N$ 200
Lunch N$ 165
Lunch: Children 3 – 16 years N$ 100
Lunch Packs N$ 150
Transfers (By Road) On Request

Important Information

ALL RATES ARE QUOTED IN NAMIBIAN DOLLARS (NAD)
Only Namibian & other SADC Passport holders can qualify for special rate.

HALFBOARD (DBB) INCLUDES:
Dinner, bed, breakfast or lunch, levy, VAT

CHILDREN:
Children are welcome.
Due to the nature of our activities, child participation is restricted, depending on age and activity.
NO TRACKING ON FOOT in the Okonjima Nature Reserve for children under 12 years of age.
Parents will have to sign a special indemnity taking full responsibility for any children under the age of 16 years.
No Nanny service is provided.

METHOD OF PAYMENT:
100% deposit within 7 days of placing the booking.
Via credit card / bank transfer.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
HIGH SEASON (JULY – NOVEMBER)

60 – 31 Days prior to arrival date 50% cancellation fee
30 – 8 Days prior to arrival date 80% cancellation fee
7 Days – NO SHOW prior to arrival 100% cancellation fee

LOW SEASON (DECEMBER – JUNE)

30 – 15 Days prior to arrival date 50% cancellation fee
14 – 8 Days prior to arrival date 80% cancellation fee
7 Days – NO SHOW prior to arrival 100% cancellation fee

CHECK IN TIMES:
From 12h00
Those who wish to partake in afternoon activites: before 16h00 (summer time) and 15h00 (winter time)

CHECK OUT TIMES:
No later than 10h30


DAY VISIT TO THE AFRICAT FOUNDATION Namibian & SADC Rate: 2016 (01 January – 31 December)

RACK RATE: (Per Person)
Activity N$ 195
Activity: Children 3-6 years Free of Charge
Activity: Children 7 – 16 years N$ 150
Lunch (Non Comm.) N$ 150
Lunch: Children 3 – 16 years N$ 105
Lunch Packs (Non Comm.) N$ 120

Important Information

ALL RATES ARE QUOTED IN NAMIBIAN DOLLARS (NAD)

A scenic 18 km drive off the B1 (approx. 20 min). Halfway between Windhoek and the Etosha National Park.

ACTIVITY:
A visit to the AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre.
Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours
Departure Times: 11:00 & 13:00 (summer time)
Departure Times: 10:30 & 12:30 (winter time)

LUNCH:
A light lunch.
Lunch packs: Prior Arrangement Necessary
Time: 12:30 – 14:30 (summer time)
Time: 12:00 – 14:00 (winter time)

Children are welcome
Due to the nature of our activities, child participation is restricted, depending on age and activity.
Parents will have to sign a special indemnity taking full responsibility for any children under the age of 16 years.


Okonjima Camping Namibian & SADC Rate: 2016 (01 January – 31 December)

TOTAL (nett)
4 EXCLUSIVE CAMP SITES Per Person / Per Night
Camp Site N$ 200
Children 7-16 years N$ 100
Children 0 – 6 years Free of Charge

EXCLUDES:

Activities (BOOK ON ARRIVAL) Per Person / Per Activity
The AfriCat Foundation Welfare Project – Guided N$ 280
Children 3 – 16 years N$ 195
The Bushman Trail – Guided N$ 195
Children 3 – 16 years N$ 195
Walking Trails Through Wilderness Area – Self Guided
Trails up to 8 km are available, made with varying degree of difficulty. Okonjima has positively identified over 250 bird species, which include most of Namibia’s endemics.
Optional (PRE-BOOKING REQUIRED / LIMITED AVAILABILITY) Per Person / Per Activity
AM & PM Park Activities (Leopard / Cheetah Tracking in the Nature Reserve) – Guided N$ 280
Children 7 – 16 years N$ 280
Meals: (Day Centre or Lodges) Per Person
Dinner N$ 180
Children 3 – 16 years N$ 130
Breakfast / Lunch (per meal) N$ 150
Children 6 – 16 years N$ 105
Transfer from Campsite to Lodge for meals or optional activities N$ 55

INCLUDES:
Two showers including hot water
Two private flush toilets
Under-cover scullery and dining area
A sundowner viewpoint
Firewood is provided

Swimming Pool:
One campsite swimming pool can be enjoyed by all campers

Electricity:
One fixed spotlight per campsite for cooking and packing.
One plug point for the charging of fridges, cameras, cell phones, etc.

Children:
Due to the nature of our activities, child participation is restricted, depending on age and activity
Parents will have to sign a special indemnity taking full responsibility for any children under the age of 16 years.

PLEASE NOTE:
Clients must provide their own food, drinks and all camping gear eg. tents, sleeping bags, etc.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
HIGH SEASON (JULY – NOVEMBER)

60 – 31 Days prior to arrival date 50% cancellation fee
30 – 8 Days prior to arrival date 80% cancellation fee
7 Days – NO SHOW prior to arrival 100% cancellation fee

LOW SEASON (DECEMBER – JUNE)

30 – 15 Days prior to arrival date 50% cancellation fee
14 – 8 Days prior to arrival date 80% cancellation fee
7 Days – NO SHOW prior to arrival 100% cancellation fee

CHECK IN TIMES:
From 12h00
Those who wish to partake in afternoon activites: before 16h00 (summer time) and 15h00 (winter time)

CHECK OUT TIMES:
No later than 10h30