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THE OKONJIMA AND THE AFRICAT FOUNDATION MEDIA POLICY

WELCOME TO OKONJIMA – HOME OF AFRICA Okonjima and AfriCat welcome the support the press gives us and if it was not for the publicity we have been given worldwide – the ‘AfriCat Foundation’ would never have become the success story it is today! THANK YOU!

We are always willing to assist our media partners and to offer special rates, but this is handled on a case by case basis and is dependent on the coverage being offered, the time of the year and availability at Okonjima Lodge.

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR

No media or press visits are unfortunately possible during our Peak Season and Off-season: mid July to end of January. Rainy season can start as early as October already and carry on until March or April. Winter months can get very cold during the early morning hours and the nights, and August month it often quite windy, which does however make for colourful sunsets. Namibia is known for is favourable weather conditions all year round.

Visit our TRAVEL ADVICE links on the bottom window of our website.

MEDIA TRIPS

These very exciting press trips are organised by Ben & Sarah Forbes (UK & North America) but are subject to availability and the time of the year and usually cover the whole of the Naturally Namibia circuit. Please contact Ben or Sarah directly for further information.

If a photographer or videographer would like visit Okonjima & AfriCat on a ‘private capacity’, please inform Okonjima booking office of your intension. If you are booked at the Villa or the Bush Suite, you will have your own guide and vehicle and making use of the early morning hours or staying out later for that last ‘golden hour’, will not be a problem.  However, if you are booked at Main or Bush Camp, and you would like your own guide and vehicle, prior notice must be given and an additional fee of N$2000 per day will be charged.

FILMING FEES & WORK PERMITS & CONTRACTS

If the Film or TV coverage is only about The AfriCat Foundation, which is a not-for-profit organisation, a ‘filming fee’ is charged, which excludes your accommodation, meals and drinks. Okonjima tap water is safe to drink, however for people with a delicate constitution – we would recommend bottled water from the bar.

Almost all National Parks, including Okonjima, charge a Park Fee, which can be paid upon entrance in cash at a National Park and with your accommodation fee at Okonjima.

Namibian film/work permits are required to film anywhere in Namibia, especially in any of our National Parks. This should be arranged prior to arrival in your country directly with the embassy. It is advisable to travel with all relevant documentation.
Visas are required for most countries. It is therefore advisable to contact your local embassy to find out the exact requirements

All journalist, film /TV crews and photographers are asked to sign a ‘disclaimer of liability’ on check-in and this is a condition of 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.

All Film/TV crews will also be asked to sign an Okonjima/AfriCat contract prior to any filming on Okonjima.

EQUIPMENT RESTRICTIONS

Restrictions on the amount of filming equipment is only restricted if your itinerary includes charter flights, as the baggage allowance usually ranges from 15-20 kgs (33-44 lb) per person. However, additional seats can be purchased to offset extra luggage and costs vary accordingly. The baggage allowance on scheduled charter flights is usually one standard piece of hand luggage (max 5 kgs or 11 lb) and one piece of standard checked-in hold luggage (max 20 kgs or 44 lb).

Soft bags are requested. Okonjima has no restrictions on the amount of equipment if you have booked your own vehicle prior to arrival or if you are accommodated at the Villa or Bush Suite.

PLEASE NOTE:

RADIO-COLLARS: Due to the specific nature of our rehabilitation project – all free roaming cats on OKONJIMA are radio-collared.

INTERNET: Okonjima offers Internet access; please contact us for specific details. Some of our camps have laptop dial-up facilities, but it can be limited during our rainy season

HEALTH: Please consult your physician or health department for the latest health and anti-malarial precautions. Some countries require advance inoculations (and certificates thereof), so please ensure that you take the necessary precautions. Okonjima is a malaria free area.

CLOTHING: You will require comfortable, casual and semi-casual clothes. Please note that bright colours are not suitable for game viewing safaris in Africa, and that game drives are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon, which can be cold, during our winter months.

PHOTOGRAPHERS: One of our main photographers lives in Windhoek, another in Canada. Both would be willing to give assistance with the Namibian environment, tips and ideas on how to photograph each different area. (Roy van der MERWE roy@leopardeye.com & Paul Martens paul@blend-imports.com)

AFRICAT: Visit the AfriCat website for more information about our project.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: For more detailed information about accommodation, payment conditions, etc on Okonjima; view our FAST FACTS PAGE.

Contact Tristan Boehme or Donna Hanssen for any inquiries you might have regarding filming or photography or journalist reporting on OKONJIMA FARM.