WHAT AGENTS NEED TO KNOW

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A ‘QUICKIE’ FOR ALL AGENTS.

Naturally Namibia brings together the country’s leading safari families to provide a collection of unforgettable experiences.

www.naturallynamibia.com

We are a collective of Namibia’s most character filled independent lodges. Owner-run and original is the way we like it. We are happy to differ on the elements that make each property unique: Every guide has a secret spot to share, every room has a different character and each chef has an individual approach, yet we collectively agree on sharing a warm welcome, our unsurpassed local knowledge and our pride in every element of service.

The ideas behind Naturally Namibia are simple. Whilst the individual properties are as diverse as the beautiful regions in which they are hidden, when combined they provide a perfectly emcompassing introduction to Namibia. The partners at Naturally Namibia are also often your hosts.

We love where we live and we look forward to sharing some of our favourite local experiences with you.

This website provides descriptions of various suggested itineraries, interactive maps and image galleries which allow you to take a closer look at our country. We look forward to meeting you!

Naturally Namibia is not a tour operator and works in partnership with African travel specialists across the globe and we will happily suggest a contact in your home country to help you arrange your safari.

 

OKONJIMA LODGE & THE AFRICAT FOUNDATION

OKONJIMA NATURE RESERVE – HOME OF AFRICAT

CONSERVATION THROUGH EDUCATION

RESEARCHING CARNIVORES & REHABILITATING CAPTIVE CHEETAH

 

CONTACT DETAILS

PO Box 793 Ojiwarongo, NAMIBIA

tel + 264 67 6870 32+ 264 67 6870 32 / 33

fax + 264 67 6870 51

email: info@okonjimalodge.com

website: www.okonjima.com

Other email addresses: okonjima@okonjimalodge.com

 

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OKONJIMA – Home of the AfriCat Foundation.

 

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  • OKONJIMA
  • The AfriCat Foundation OR AfriCat.
  • OKONJIMA is a ‘LODGE’ and NOT a ‘GUEST FARM’.
  • Owned by WAYNE, DONNA & ROSALEA HANSSEN.
  • TRISTAN BOEHME is a shareholder in the Lodge.
  • TAMMY HOTH–HANSSEN is Director of AfriCat.
  • WAYNE HANSSEN is Founder of AFRICAT

SHORT DESCRIPTION:

OKONJIMA – home of AfriCat, a non–profit organisation, committed to long–term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores.

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

OKONJIMA hosts the exclusive Villa & Bush Suite, Bush Camp, Plains Camp, the private Omboroko Campsite, the Environmental Education Programme – PAWS & the AfriCat Day Centre.

Halfway between Windhoek and Etosha. (10kms off the B1)

 

LONGER DESCRIPTION:

OKONJIMA is the home of The AfriCat foundation, a non–profit organisation, committed to long–term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores.

OKONJIMA hosts the grand, African VILLA, the select, private BUSH SUITE, the luxury BUSH CAMP, PLAINS CAMP, the exclusive OMBOROKO CAMPSITE, Environmental Education Programme – PAWS. (People And Wildlife Solutions) & the AfriCat Day Centre.

OKONJIMA Lodge is situated halfway between Windhoek and Etosha National Park. (10 kms off the B1)

Over 1080 predators have been saved since 1993! 86% have been released back into the wild.

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

The OKONJIMA activities include tracking rehabilitated carnivores on foot; visiting the AfriCat Carnivore Care & Information Centre; tracking leopards from a game–viewing vehicle. OKONJIMA also offers a guided Bushman Trail. Birding and Game drives are offered on request and if guests stay longer than 2 days.

 

OKONJIMA OFFERS:

A budget, a luxury, and an exclusive product, HEREBY WELCOMING GUESTS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE!

Guests visit OKONJIMA to experience The AfriCat Foundation.

  • P.A.W.S – People And Wildlife Solutions: The AfriCat Environmental Education Programme.
  • A choice of 5 different activities during a 2 day programme (only 4 activities are incl in a FB rate).
  • 6 different CAMPS / ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES:
    • The Grand African House – The Villa
    • The Exclusive Bush Suite
    • The Luxury Bush Camp
    • The Homestead – Plains Camp
    • The Private Campsite – The Omboroko
    • The PAWS Education Campsite, Self–catering, Tented–site
    • The AfriCat Day Centre

The AfriCat Foundation, which was started in 1993, has become world RENOWNED for the work we do with Cheetahs and Leopards.

Over 1080 big cats have been saved since 1993 – 86% have been released back into the wild!
www.africat.org

Okonjima – from the Herero word meaning place of the baboons – lies nestled in the unspoilt beauty of the Omboroko Mountains, part of the well-known Waterberg Plateau – halfway between Windhoek and Etosha. (Okonjima Nature Reserve: 10km off the B1)

Not only is Okonjima a luxury lodge, but it is also home to The AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organisation, committed to long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, especially cheetahs and leopards.

A visit to Okonjima will give you an opportunity to witness some of AfriCat’s work.

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

 

NB: PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING!

THIS INFORMATION IS IMPORTANT TO READ:

  • OKONJIMA is in a Malaria–Free area.
  • In order to be in time for the afternoon activities, a general guide for arrival times is before 15h00 (winter) and 16h00 (summer).
  • Check–in from 12h00. Guests are respectfully requested not to arrive before 12h00 and to please vacate their rooms at Main & Bush Camp on the day of departure by 10h00 at the very latest! Villa and Suite guests should please vacate their rooms by 11h00. The only time an ‘exception’ can be made is when Okonjima is not expecting any new arrivals!
  • Viewing of leopards is NOT guaranteed, and the leopards, as well as the cheetahs/Hyaenas in the Rehabilitation Nature Reserves are radio–collared to allow for regular monitoring of their well–being and for research purposes!
  • An increasing number of tourism lodges are holding cheetahs and other wild animals in captivity for entertainment purposes. More than 15 years ago OKONJIMA decided to set an example to discourage this activity by withdrawing cheetahs from appearing for guests on the lawn in front of the lodge.
  • Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted at Bush Camp, and The Villa.
  • Children of all ages are welcome at Plains Camp and Bush Suite.
  • Children of all ages are welcome at the Omboroko Campsite.
  • The guardians are expected to sign a special ‘children’s indemnity’ to make them aware of the dangers and rules concerning children. No ‘nanny service’ is available at either of the Camps.
  • Due to the nature of our activities, child participation is restricted.
  • Electricity is available 24 hours (220 Volt). 2 & 3 prong adapters/outlets (South African format) are available in all tents/rooms/chalets/suites to charge cameras, laptops etc.
  • Due to unforeseen power–cuts, especially during the rainy season, OKONJIMA has installed new generators at all Camps. (excl The Omboroko Campsite & PAWS)
  • Parking: All 4 lodges have under–roof parking for private vehicles. No allocated parking spaces at the Omboroko Campsite.
  • OKONJIMA is bordered by rivers, which are dry for most of the year. However your guests are advised to check on accessibility during the rainy season! During 2008/2009 – we had 1/2 our annual rainfall in just 5 days!!!
  • Photographers are advised that the leopards and the rehabilitated cheetahs & Hyaenas in the ‘Rehabilitation Areas’ have been fitted with radio–collars for monitoring and research purposes. All cats that form part of the Welfare Project are NOT radio–collared.
  • CELL Phones: Certain areas on OKONJIMA have cell–phone reception. Guests are respectfully requested to keep their cell–phones off at ALL times unless they are on ‘vibrate’ or making a call or relaxing inside their private room. No cell–phones, IPods, IPads, Nintendo’s, MP3 players, disc–men, Tablets etc are permitted, whilst on an activity, unless used as a camera!
  • 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)

 

PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT:

Water is a rare commodity in Namibia! Please inform your guests to not use unnecessary amounts of water!

OKONJIMA is known for its excellent water quality and The Villa has been fitted with a water softener.

  • The tap water in your guest’s room is safe to drink, however for people with a delicate constitution; we would recommend bottled water from the bar!
  • Please advise your guests to use litter bins for their litter and cigarette ends.
  • Please advise your guests to switch off lights, fans & air/heating facilities when leaving their room. All these commodities add to the carbon tracks each guest leaves behind.

 

THE PARK & 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.

 

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU:

Your guests should ALWAYS bring a flash light / torch with them when visiting Africa!
A ‘headlight’ is always more convenient.

  • Hat & sunglasses (polarized for those long, bright road trips)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 45+)
  • Re–hydrate and do not forget to remind your guests 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 remind your guests 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, antihistamine cream, aspi–venom for bites and stings, if possible, as well as sufficient prescription medication.

NEED to know . . .

Okonjima is a family run business. Wayne, Donna and Rosalea Hanssen who co–own and live on the property, bought Okonjima from their parents in 1993 – turning, what was then a cattle farm, into a 22 000ha private conservation project.

Tammy Hoth – nee HANSSEN joined the AfriCat family by merging her foundation AFRI–LEO with The AfriCat Foundation in April 2010. Her human–wildlife conflict project is now called AfriCat NORTH.

AfriCat North borders western, ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK.

Tristan Boehme joined Okonjima in 2000 and now heads our marketing department.

AfriCat Northwest – strives to mitigate human–wildlife conflict thereby reducing poverty, to keep lions in their natural habitat, to prevent the exploitation and inhumane treatment of lions and to ensure that captive populations are well cared for.

The programme’s projects focus on medium to long term workable solutions through education, improved livestock management and protection, and research and monitoring. AfriCat North

AfriCat on OKONJIMA will focus on ISLAND–BOUND rehabilitation & research in the 22 000ha Private Nature Reserve; rescue and release, environmental education and carnivore welfare. AfriCat on Okonjima

 

OKONJIMA LODGE NAMIBIA DIGITAL CATALOGUE

 

guests enjoying tracking carnivores in the Okonjima Nature Reserve

tracking cheetah on foot in the Okonjima Nature Reserve