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Seasons and safety

SEASONS

Either Main Camp OR Bush Camp, The Villa OR Bush Suite are closed during certain periods in December, January & February each year for maintenance and upgrading.

Please contact OKONJIMAto confirm closing dates.

WINTER:  June to August: Early morning, evening and night-time temperatures can drop below freezing; temperatures of - 4ºC to - 6ºC have often been recorded. (The lowest temperature ever recorded on OKONJIMA was -18ºC). Please make sure that you bring along warm clothing such as jackets, (preferably down as well as a wind-breaker) a beanie, gloves, warm trousers and comfortable closed shoes or boots and thick socks.

NO indoor heating is provided at any of the Camps.

For your comfort, Bush Camp and Main Camp provide gas heaters at meal times and water bottles are placed in the beds before you retire at night.

All open, game-viewing vehicles carry windproof blankets.

If the wind does not blow the days are beautiful, warm and sunny; HOWEVER, the mornings and evenings can get very cold!

The Villa and Bush Suite each have a fire-place in the dining/lounge area and rooms are fitted with heating facilities.

SUMMER: September to May: The day-time temperatures can be high during October, November, December and January! Rain is expected from January to April, but can start in December during a good year. [September can suddenly get cold] Temperatures vary from 20ºC up to approximately 38ºC.

OKONJIMA’S average rainfall is approximately 450mm. During the 2006 wet season OKONJIMA had a 1000mm of rain.

Please note that Namibia can get very wet during some rainy seasons and the dry rivers beds can turn into raging water traps!

A large part of Namibia is arid and the air is very dry. Please ensure to drink plenty of water every day!  (Recommendation: at least 2 litres a day)

A hat, sunscreen (SPF 30+), loose, light, cotton clothing, sunglasses and re-hydrate, are also recommended. Vit D is however very important, therefore spending a little time in our sun before applying your sun-screen is recommended. (not recommended between 11h00 – 15h00)

It is advisable to participate in the activities on offer during the early morning hours or late afternoon. A ‘siesta’ is recommended between 12h00 – 15h00; the hottest part of the day!

OKONJIMA is surrounded by rivers, which are dry for most of the year. However you are advised to check on accessibility during the rainy season.

In order to be in time for the afternoon activities, a general guide for arrival times is before 15h00 (winter) and 16h00 (summer).

Peak Season stretches from mid July to mid November. August month can get windy. The hottest months are November, December, January and February. The most pleasurable months to visit Namibia are April, May & June. . . but you will always feel welcome no matter what month u visit NAMIBIA!

OKONJIMA is situated in a MALARIA-FREE area.
 

OKONJIMA IS MALARIA FREE, BUT IS ANY AREA MALARIA FREE 100% OF THE TIME?
LEARN MORE ABOUT MALARIA IN NAMIBIA:

Malaria precautions

Namibia malaria map

Health information for travellers to Namibia

Centers for disease control and prevention - malaria

Traveling? make sure you protect yourself from Malaria (pdf)

Drugs used in the prophylaxis of malaria

 

 

SAFETY & SECURITY

All guests are asked to sign a ‘disclaimer of liability’ on check-in. This is a condition for all guests staying with us. If guests have any problems with this indemnity, they should please discuss it with the lodge manager, Tristan Boehme or the Hanssen Family.

A basic first-aid kit is provided on every game vehicle, as well as at all base Camps.

The closest private hospital to OKONJIMA is MediCity – located in Otjiwarongo, a 50 minute drive away or 15 minutes by air, for those guests who have a chartered aircraft parked at OKONJIMA’S airstrip. Emergencies, paramedics and air evacuation are covered by OKONJIMA’S Public Liability insurance.

OKONJIMA has a security check-point at the B1 turn-off, as well as 3 other locations within the Okonjima Reserve. Thus, all incoming or out-going traffic is accounted for. The security guards have radio and cell-phone contact with the lodge 24:7.

None of the Camps on OKONJIMA are fenced off from the surrounding bushveldt and everyone should be aware at all times that they are in a private reservewhere predators and other wild animals roam freely. Guests are warned not to approach any animals, unless accompanied by an OKONJIMA guide.

Guests are advised not to roam freely around at night, unless accompanied by a member of the ‘Okonjima Family’. It is however, safe to walk to and from theroom/chalet with a flash light/ torch. On request and if guests so require, someone will escort you back to yourroom or chalet after dark.

We have first class fire-fighting apparatus, including our own fire engine. All rooms/chalets/suites are fitted with manual fire hydrants.

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