OKONJIMA FAST FACTS

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INTRODUCTION:

West of the Waterberg Plateau Park, vast plains are occasionally broken by remnants of ancient Sandstone outcrops, which once covered large areas of northern Namibia.

Nestled among the “Omboroko Mountains” lies OKONJIMA – a Herero name meaning “Place of the baboons”. This is much more than just a lodge. OKONJIMA is also home to THE AFRICAT FOUNDATION.

AFRICAT became internationally renowned after featuring in an award-winning documentary filmed for the Discovery Channel in 1995 & 1996.

The AfriCat Foundation started out in 1992/93, as a small welfare organization when ‘Chinga’ the Cheetah was bought by the Hanssens at a cattle auction and given a home on Okonjima.

Ever since, AfriCat and Okonjima have dedicated their efforts to rescuing carnivores from inhumane conditions, taken care of those too injured to be set free, rehabilitated and released more than 1000 large carnivores back into the wild. Today, AfriCat’s emphasis lies with ensuring the long term survival of Namibia’s large carnivore species through Environmental Education, Research & Mitigating Human-Wildlife Conflict, thereby contributing to habitat & wildlife conservation as well as uplifting affected farming communities.

Namibia is home to the world’s largest wild/free-ranging cheetah population; the majority of this country’s cheetahs and leopards can be found on approximately 7000 commercial farms. These large carnivores occasionally prey upon the livestock that roam unprotected in the bush. As a result, carnivores are often regarded as vermin by the livestock and game-farming community and are deliberately trapped and/or killed.

AFRICAT has had to take on a large number of captive cats / carnivores no longer wanted by other establishments. Among the carnivores being rescued, researched and rehabilitated by AFRICAT are cheetah, leopard, lion, caracal, wild dog and hyena.
OKONJIMA is a family-run business. Wayne, Donna and Rosalea Hanssen who co-own and live on the property, bought OKONJIMA from their parents, Val and Rose, in 1993, turning the then cattle farm into a conservation project.

The pressure on our wildlife grows daily. Where today can one find a truly wild place? Where can the elephant roam, the lion roar, the cheetah hunt? Through Education and Human Wildlife Conflict Mitigation, The AfriCat Foundation believes that little by little the battle can be won.

AFRICAT has saved more than 1080 carnivores since 1993. 86% have been released back into the wild!

OKONJIMA is in a Malaria-Free area.

OKONJIMA LODGE NAMIBIA DIGITAL CATALOGUE

ACCOMMODATION ON OKONJIMA:

THE DIFFERENT / VARIOUS STYLES OF ACCOMMODATION ON OKONJIMA:

The Grand, African Villa: 2 luxury rooms in the main complex and 2 luxury Suites.  (Total: 8 – 12 pax  : 1 group only)

  • The Villa overlooks a natural waterhole and is situated in a secluded wilderness area, approximately 10 km from our Base.
  • The Villa has 2 separate, private, luxury Suites, and 2 select, chic, en-suite Bedrooms in the ‘Main House’ which, together, can accommodate groups of up to 8 adults and 4 children.
  • Read More: The Grand African Villa

The Select, Private Bush Suite: 2 luxury rooms.  (Total: 4 pax  : 1 group only)

  • The Bush Suite, overlooking a waterhole situated in a secluded Wilderness Area, is nestled in the open Acacia thorn-veld with the sandstone Omboroko Mountains in the background and is approximately 3,5km from Base and 500m from Bush Camp.
  • Bush Suite has 2 separate, luxury, en-suite bedrooms under a magnificent thatched roof which, together, can accommodate a family or small group of 4.
  • Read More: The Select Private Bush Suite

The Luxury Bush Camp:

The Luxury Bush Camp is situated at the Edge of a Wilderness Area, 2.5 km from Plains Camp.
Bush Camp has 8 unique, thatched, African-style chalets and 1 honeymoon, junior suite. (Total: 18 pax)

Bush Camp comprises: 

  • 8 thatched, African-style chalets, with semi-detached, open lounge | sala.
    • Each exclusive chalet enjoys complete privacy, and is a unique combination of earthy ochre walls, glass windows and khaki-green canvas, under a thatched roof.
    • Each chalet is equipped with: 2 queen-size beds, a desk with a telephone to contact reception, 2 comfortable leather chairs. Each Sala is equipped with: a lounge area with mini-bar, 2 couches and a coffee/tea station for that early morning ‘cuppa’.
  • 1 luxury, honeymoon junior-suite, with a stunning view, a sliding glass, sliding door, 2 queen-size beds, an en-suite lounge with fire-place, bathtub and out-side ‘Bush-shower’. (Wheel-chair Friendly)
  • 3 luxury, en-suite tents for guides and pilots and ‘Agent Educationals’.
  • A Lapa in the form of the indigenous ‘camelthorn’ pod and a secluded swimming pool.
  • Read More: The Luxury Bush Camp

The Plains Camp: 14 Standard rooms and 10 spacious, upmarket/exclusive, View Rooms. Plains Camp hosts a 2-tier accommodation facility. Plains Camp is family & wheel-chair friendly!

  • 14 Standard Rooms, with a view across the Okonjima plains.
    • Each room has a small verandah, a wheel-chair friendly ramp and the rooms are set 15m – 20m apart.
    • The rooms each have 2 double beds, a mini-fridge for own use, a coffee/tea station, 2 roof-fans, twin basins and a large shower, a safe for valuables and a telephone to contact reception.
  • 10 View Rooms, upmarket, exclusive and spacious, with a view across the Okonjima plains.
    • Each room has a large verandah, a wheel-chair friendly ramp and the rooms are set 25m – 75m apart.
    • The rooms each have 2 double beds, a desk and comfortable reading chair, a large verandah, a mini-fridge for own use, a coffee/tea station, 2 roof-fans, twin basins and a large, twin shower, a safe for valuables and a telephone to contact reception.
    • The new, exclusive View Rooms are more spacious than the Standard Rooms and are set further apart, providing more privacy.
  • Read More: The Plains Camp

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)

LODGE FACILITIES:

  • Plains Camp, Bush Camp and the Day Centre – each has a curio shop, with select African artefacts and  jewellery. Guests at The Villa, Bush Suite and the Omboroko Campsite are welcome to visit either Camp, if they so wish.
  • All 4 Camps have a swimming pool, outside & inside fire-place, an independent kitchen/restaurant & bar facilities.
  • All 4 Camps have under-roof parking and a waterhole where wildlife may be viewed.
  • The Omboroko Campsite also has a private pool for Campers & PAWS students/scholars only.
  • AfriCat now has a Day Centre – See Day Visits with us.

ACTIVITIES:

  • THE AFRICAT FOUNDATION:  AfriCat is a non-profit organisation set up to conserve and protect threatened cheetah, leopard, and other wild carnivores of Namibia.  Visitors will be able to observe some of these programmes at work and learn more about these amazing and beautiful animals.
  • LEOPARD VIEWING: Leopards are frequently seen, 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 200sq km (50 000 acre) (20 000ha) rehabilitation, private, nature reserves. These cats however, are notoriously people-shy and sightings are not guaranteed.
  • THE AFRICAT CARNIVORE & CARE CENTRE: Offers visitors a valuable insight into the work of The AfriCat Foundation.
  • LARGE CARNIVORE TRACKING ON FOOT:  Visitors are invited to participate on foot in the radio-tracking of the rehabilitated Cheetahs or the Spotted Hyaenas on the Tracking Trail within the 200sq km Okonjima nature reserves.
  • 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. Participation is welcomed!
  • NATURE TRAIL:  Self-guided walking trails for those guests who want to spend some time alone in the solitude of the Okonjima wilderness.
  • BIRD WATCHING: Identify some of the 250+ species in the area, including some of the Namibian endemics – Carp’s Tit, Hartlaub’s Francolin, the endemic (Damara) Rockrunner and more. (PLEASE PRE-BOOK FOR SPECIALIZED BIRDING)
  • NOCTURNAL ANIMALS: 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 – all free-roaming cats on OKONJIMA are radio-collared. None of the cats at AfriCat’s Welfare Project are radio-collared.
  • Activities offered on Okonjima:
    • Tracking Leopards from a game-view vehicle
    • Track rehabilitated Cheetah on foot
    • Track rehabilitated Spotted Hyena on foot
    • Guided walking / Bushman trail
    • Visit AfriCat’s Carnivore Care and Information Centre
  • AND some more . . . .
    • Birding – (special request only)
    • Night drives (all camps) and a visit to the ‘night-hides’ (Bush Camp only) are offered after Dinner.
    • Visit AfriCat’s Day Centre
    • 3 self-guided, walking trails are on offer for those guests who want to spend some time alone in the solitude of the Okonjima wilderness.
    • Visit AfriCat’s Day Centre on your morning of departure. We now offer two trips daily after breakfast. (Summer: Sept – March @ 11.00 & 13.00 and Winter: April – Aug @ 10.30 & 12.30). You are  welcome to book a second tracking trail into the 20 000ha Nature Reserve (1 night stay) or a forth tracking trail into the 20 000ha Nature Reserve (2-day stay) and then join the Day Centre Excursion as an additional activity, from the Day Centre to AfriCat’s Information and Carnivore Care Centre before you leave on your day of departure.
      Read more: Day Visits With US

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)

AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT YOUR PROGRAMME WILL LOOK LIKE:

See heading- Activities – submenu – your program.

THE PARK AND EE FEE

The Okonjima Nature Reserve is a privately-managed protected area of 22 000 hectares / 200 km²

This conservation area is located in the heart of Namibia’s commercial farmlands and requires sensitive land-management practices. The expanded nature reserve carries a considerable amount of daily maintenance beyond the usual lodge management activities.

The Environmental Education Fund has been introduced now because Okonjima and AfriCat are committed to their ideal of contributing to long-term conservation through education.

All rates will be inclusive of an allocation park fee per person towards the above-mentioned programmes and is designed to help cover some of the associated costs for the reserve. We trust that our visitors will continue to enjoy our renowned Okonjima hospitality, and at the same time this visitation is playing a key role in the advancement of these long-established programmes.

THE VILLA

OKONJIMA’S GRAND AFRICAN HOUSE
COMPLETED DEC 2005

A Unique Experience in a Home away from Home.

THE VILLA, overlooking a natural waterhole, is the only lodge on Okonjima that is situated in a secluded, 200 km² wilderness area approximately 10 km from our Plains Camp.

  • THE VILLA has 2 separate, private Suites, together with 2 select, en-suite bedrooms in the ‘Main House’, which together  can accommodate groups of up to 8 adults and 4 children (12 yrs and older).
  • The graceful ‘Main House’ consists of:
    • An Up-to-date, chef-designed kitchen with wine and soft drink coolers, both gas and electrical cooking facilities and an endless supply of ice from a double-door refrigerator.
    • The living spaces are punctuated by a spacious lounge and dining area with an open, wood-burning fireplace.
    • There are 2 en-suite, luxury bedrooms. The bathrooms have both an inside shower and a spectacular, outside bush-shower, together with a beautiful bath-with-a-view.
    • A Magnificent infinity pool, surrounded on three sides by African, red teak decking and a walkway to an open, shaded ‘Sala’ – for some serious birding and afternoon napping – incorporating a roof fan to stir the gentle breeze that crosses the adjoining waterhole.
  • 2 separate, exquisite, thatched Suites situated approximately 35m – 50m on either side of ‘The Main House’ are complemented by:
    • A well-stocked mini bar in each Suite.
    • The choice of either an inside or a unique, outside bush-shower.
    • Toilets and bidets accompany the baths, all with a bush-view.
  • All the bedrooms
    • Have air-conditioning, high airy roofs with fans and when needed, heating facilities.
    • An array of three, glass-panelled doors easily fold away to give magnificent, panoramic views of the surrounding vistas. These open doorways may be substituted with an elegant but practical, ‘roll-down’ canvas partitioning that contains heavy-duty gauze screens. This zip-fastened, secure, tent-style canvassing not only provides sufficient light, but also contributes to the impression of living in the wild by delivering the audible ambience of your surroundings, while still maintaining a degree of comfort and safety.
    • Have Wi-Fi  internet connection with ample work space.
  • A personal host or hostess and chef attend to all your needs whilst you enjoy your exclusive guide and game-drive vehicle, thus setting the leisurely pace that best suits you, your family or small group of friends, during your stay at OKONJIMA’S Grand African House.
    • A fully inclusive rate ONLY.
    • Mobile phone reception. DSTV on request.
    • No children under the age of 12 years.
    • {During certain periods of the year The Villa is opened as a second ‘Bush Camp’ and sold as 3 or 4 separate rooms – depending on the group or individual bookings. (Bush Camp FB rates apply)}

BUSH SUITE

OKONJIMA’S Select, Private Suite
COMPLETED JUNE 2006

A Unique Bush-Cottage in Africa.

The Bush Suite, overlooking a waterhole, nestled in the open Acacia thorn-veldt with the sandstone Omboroko Mountains in the background, is situated in a secluded 2000 ha reserve, approximately 3,5km from Plains Camp and 500m from Bush Camp.

  • Bush Suite:
    • Has 2 separate, private, en-suite bedrooms under a magnificent thatched roof, which together, can accommodate a family or small group of 4.
    • Consists of a modern, chef-designed kitchenette, with wine and soft drink coolers, both gas and electrical cooking facilities and an endless supply of ice from a double door refrigerator.
    • The living space boasts a spacious lounge, a dining area under-roof or outside under natural shade and an open, wood-burning fireplace.
    • A uniquely designed pool (13 metres in length).
  • The Bedrooms
    • Have high roofs with fans, air-conditioning and when needed, heating facilities.
    • The doorways have an elegant but practical, ‘roll-down’ canvas partitioning that contains heavy-duty gauze screens; on either side, 2 large glass-panelled windows enhance your 180 degree vista. The zip-fastened, secure, tent-style canvassing not only provides sufficient light, but also contributes to the impression of living in the wild by delivering the audible ambience of your surroundings, while still maintaining a degree of comfort and safety.
    • Each bathroom has both an inside shower and a spectacular, outside bush-shower, together with a beautiful, colonial, bath-with-a-view.
    • Toilets and bidets accompany the baths, all with a bush-view.
    • Each bedroom has a Wi-Fi internet connection with ample work space
  • A personal host or hostess and chef attend to your needs whilst you enjoy your exclusive guide and game-drive vehicle, thus setting the leisurely pace that bests suits you, your family or small group of friends, during your stay at OKONJIMA’S unique Bush Suite.
  • Children of all ages are welcome, BUT no ‘child-care service’ available. Due to the nature of our activities, child participation is restricted!
  • A Fully Inclusive rate ONLY.

BUSH CAMP

OKONJIMA’S LUXURY, AFRICAN CHALETS
COMPLETED AUG 2001

The Luxury Bush Camp is situated at the Edge of a Wilderness Area, 3km from Plains Camp.

Bush Camp comprises:

  • 8 thatched, African-style chalets,
  • 1 luxury, Junior Suite, with fire-place, bath and out-side ‘Bush-shower’. (Wheel-chair Friendly) (completed August 2008)
  • 3 luxury, en-suite tents for guides and pilots.
  • A Lapa in the form of the indigenous ‘camelthorn’ pod and a secluded swimming pool.
  • Each exclusive chalet enjoys complete privacy, and is a unique combination of earthy ochre walls and khaki-green canvas, under a thatched roof.
  • Each chalet is equipped with queen and a ¾ bed, a mini-bar, a private safe for valuables, a kettle for that early morning cup of tea or coffee and a telephone.
  • The Junior Suite boasts 2 double beds, a bathtub, an out-side shower and a fireplace.
  • All chalets are between 80m – 100m apart from each other.  For those who wish to feel the closeness of nature, the front 120º of canvas panelling may be rolled up, inviting visitors to enjoy their own ‘bushveld’ vista.
  • In front of each chalet, a birdbath is visited by a variety of birds and small mammals.
  • The extensive ‘camelthorn’ shaped Lapa, encompasses the reception area and curio-shop, a cosy lounge with a rustic inside fire-place, an outside fire-place, a kitchen and dining area – all overlooking a waterhole.
  • No children under the age of 12 years.
  • Rate: Half Board (HB) and Fully Inclusive Rate (FI) on request.

PLAINS CAMP

IN HONOUR OF THE CATTLE-FARMING HISTORY OF THE HANSSEN FAMILY

The NEW, Plains Camp design will honour 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 will host 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.

GARDEN ROOMS:

  • 6 budget, double Garden Rooms are situated within the lush, original homestead garden and overlook a Lapa, which can be booked for conferences, research presentations and wedding receptions.
  • Each en-suite room has a double and a single bed, a roof-fan and a safe.
  • The budget rooms are situated close together and have no wilderness view.
  • Clients participate in all activities and enjoy all meals at Plains Camp.

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 # 2 & 3) 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.

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.
  • Children of all ages are welcome. 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.

RATES INFORMATION:
Rates Information: Plains Camp
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 2014
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’

THE OMBOROKO CAMPSITE

OKONJIMA’S EXCLUSIVE CAMPSITE

Nestled amongst the Omboroko mountains.
This campsite is a self-catering facility; the Lodge does not cater for campers!

There are 4 private camp sites, who all share 1 private swimming pool.

Camp Chilala: COMPLETED JUNE 2006.
Camp Chimelo: COMPLETED JULY 2007, renovated Aug 2011.
Camp Koshi: COMPLETED JULY 2010
Camp Kendi: COMPLETED SEPT 2010
The Omboroko Swimming Pool: COMPLETED DEC 2007
Each Private Campsite offers:

  • Private shower/s (incl. hot water),
  • Private, flush toilet/s,
  • A washing-up area under a roof with a power point to charge batteries and a light.
  • A viewpoint for sundowners.
  • Okonjima will provide 2 complimentary bundles of fire-wood.
  • 1 fixed light per campsite for cooking & 1 plug point will be available for charging of fridges, cameras, cell phones etc.
  • No tents, drinks or meals are provided by Okonjima!
  • None of the Lodge facilities are open or available to campers, except the curio-shop.
    • OPTIONAL: (pre-booking required – Limited availability – additional cost) Leopard / cheetah tracking in the 20 000 ha Nature Reserve / dinner at the Lodges / lunch at Day Centre
  • Children are welcome. Due to the nature of our activities, child participation is restricted, depending on age!
  • Rate includes camp site only – rate for guided activities is excluded. See: Campsite Rates Page
  • Read more info: about our campsites.

 

AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT YOUR PROGRAMME WILL LOOK LIKE:

See heading- Activities – submenu – your program.

Campers ONLY participate in a visit to AfriCat’s Information & Carnivore Care Centre. If Campers stay 2 nights, The Bushman Trail and Self-guided Walking trails in the Omboroko Mountains are also on offer.

CAMPERS PLEASE NOTE: If there are game-vehicles available and the 200km² Okonjima Reserve is not being used for Lodge guests, tracking carnivores on foot or by vehicle and booking dinner at the Lodge or Lunch at our Day Centre will be offered, at an additional cost with prior notice.

  • ADDITIONAL LODGE ACTIVITY: N$670 per adult per trail and N$340 per child per trail (book on arrival)
  • INSTEAD OF A CAMPING ACTIVITY: N$500 per adult per trail and N$250 per child per trail (prior notice)
  • DAY CENTRE LUNCH: N$185 per person (book on arrival)
  • LODGE DINNER: N$285 per adult – N$200 per child (book on arrival)
  • 2014 RATES: OUR CAMP SITE RATES HAVE BEEN SPLIT BETWEEN AN ACCOMMODATION AND AN ACTIVITY RATE. ALL TRAILS WILL BE EXCLUDED AND BOOKED SEPARATELY AT AN ADDITIONAL COST.

PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT:

  • Water is a rare commodity in Namibia! Please use water sparingly!
  • OKONJIMA is known for its excellent water quality and The Villa has been fitted with a water softener.
  • The tap water in your room is safe to drink, however for people with a delicate constitution, we would recommend bottled water from the bar!
  • Please note to use litter bins for your litter and cigarette stubs.
  • Please remember to switch off lights, fans & air/heating facilities when leaving the room.

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU:

  • You should ALWAYS bring a flash light / torch with you when visiting Africa! A ‘headlamp’ is always more convenient.
  • Hat & sunglasses (polarized for those long, bright road trips)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30+)
  • Re-hydrate and do not forget to drink as much water as possible. (Recommendation: at least 2 litres a day)
  • During the winter months (mid May – mid Sept) do not forget to bring along warm clothing! Namibia can get very cold.
  • A basic first aid kit; including medication against diarrhoea, nausea, headaches, heat stroke, stomach cramps, broad-spectrum antibiotics, mosquito repellent, Nasal Vaseline thus preventing nosebleeds as well as sufficient prescription medication.
  • Binoculars, a camera, a map of Namibia and the directions to each destination are always a good idea.
  • We also recommend hiring a satellite phone when driving through Namibia, for many areas do not have cell phone coverage.
  • Never travel anywhere in Namibia without at least, 20 litres of water and 2 spare tyres in your vehicle for emergencies.
  • It is always advisable to have all your local emergency telephone numbers and your accommodation of choice’s contact details, saved in your private phone
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Visas are required for most countries. It is therefore advisable to contact your local embassy to find out the exact requirements. It is advisable to travel with all relevant documentation.

OKONJIMA CONSERVATION VISION:

Our dream is to turn our 55 000 acre Nature Reserve that was once denuded farmland, back to its natural state, last seen 200 years ago. This dream must be sustainable and a benefit to local communities for it to survive the tide of change in Africa.

This ongoing project, headed by the Hanssen Family, has nearly removed the majority of internal fences; manages water resources and hides, has opened new bush roads and the removal of undesirable bush, is ongoing.

Both Okonjima & AfriCat are dedicated to creating conservation awareness through education; preserving habitat; promoting environmental education, research and the rehabilitation of captive carnivores.

Tourism and Wildlife Conservation is one of the most compatible relationships in Africa.

Okonjima’s lodges and The AfriCat Foundation have embraced tourism as both a conservation strategy and sustainable business model. This close relationship has resulted in the creation of a 50 000 acre (220km²) reserve, providing refuge for some of Namibia’s most vulnerable carnivores as well as a platform for environmental education and funding for relevant conservation activities.

REMEMBER! In the Africa of 2050, most cat species will survive ONLY where people CHOOSE to tolerate them!

Until we meet,

BEST REGARDS FROM THE HANSSEN FAMILY & OKONJIMA TEAM