Welcome to the Okonjima Nature Reserve!

Home of The AfriCat Foundation, the ideal Namibian luxury safari destination 

The family-run Okonjima Lodge rests at the foot of the sandstone Omboroko Mountains amidst Acacia thornveld in a Malaria-free area. It is halfway between Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek, and the Etosha National Park – only a two-and-a-half-hour drive or a brief flight into the reserve’s private airstrip.

Okonjima Nature Reserve is equally famed for frequent cheetah and leopard sightings on its safaris, as well as The AfriCat Foundation. Since being founded in 1991, AfriCat’s mission has been to make significant contributions to conservation, while trying to ensure the survival of Namibia’s predators in their natural habitat. It undertakes research, community support and environmental education projects, as well as conservation work to rehabilitate carnivores such as cheetah and hyaena.

Okonjima Lodge offers a wide spectrum of accommodation offerings, ranging from well-appointed private camp sites to breathtaking safari lodges. The award-winning Okonjima African Villa and Private Bush Suite offer an unparalleled luxury safari experience, indulging guests with a private chef, guide and safari vehicle. Okonjima guarantees a unique African safari to remember.

Our activities delight and educate even the most experienced of travellers. Mornings begin early out in the Okonjima Nature Reserve lead by our experienced guides. In true African style, days end with game drives through the acacia thicket in search of elusive leopards followed by a sundowner. Whether you hike, bike or are an avid bird watcher, there are endless ways to spend your time at Okonjima.

Plan your ultimate Namibian safari along the Naturally Namibia Circuit.

Location & Maps

Okonjima is situated half-way between Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, and the Etosha National Park (a two and a half hour drive from either point), its central location making it ideally suited as a base from which to undertake excursions to other Namibian regions, or as the perfect break on the way to, or from, Etosha.


From the luxurious Villa to well-appointed Campsites, you’ll find your perfect accommodation at Okonjima. Choose from the Grand African Villa, Bush Suite, Luxury Bush Chalets, Plains Camp Lodge, or the Omboroko Campsite.

Inquisitive leopard cub in the Okonjima Nature Reserve, Namibia

Okonjima Experience

Our activities will delight, entertain, and educate even the most experienced traveler. Visit the AfriCat Foundation and learn about Namibia’s carnivores. Track leopard, hyaenas, Hike, bike, or go for a swim. The activities are endless at Okonjima!

 Okonjima Lodge News

German Language magazine Stern features Okonjima Lodge
Stern Magazine 2018

Man könnte denken, wir wären irre. Oder die letzten Menschen auf der Suche nach Leben auf einem fremden Planeten. Craig Brown, 30 Jahre alt, der so ker – nig aussieht, wie man sich einen Ranger vorstellt, sitzt vorn im offe – nen Jeep und hält eine mehrarmige Anten – ne in die Luft. Ab und zu sind knarzende Geräusche zu hören. „Das ist gut“, murmelt er bei jedem Laut, während er mit der an – deren Hand den Jeep durch den Busch im Okonjima Nature Reserve steuert, zwei – einhalb Autostunden nördlich von Nami – bias Hauptstadt Windhoek. Wir sind auf der Suche nach Leopard


Okonjima African Villa, north suite, Namibia
The Grand African Villa at Okonjima, re-imagined for 2018

The Villa at Okonjima was originally conceived as a fully-staffed private house, which included a private guide and vehicle for flexibility around activities.

Okonjima would like all agents and operators who have booked the Villa previously and private guests who have been fortunate enough to have occupied the Villa as their ‘home away from home’ to please take note that Okonjima has decided to change the booking status of the exclusive, African Villa| African House – to a small, luxury, boutique lodge…


Okonjima – Where tourism supports Conservation

Shortly after my arrival at Plains Camp on a hot midsummer’s noon I’m drifting in a cool, round pool with corrugated iron sides. A Stewarts & Lloyds windmill clinks hypnotically overhead, slowly grinding to a halt as the breeze subsides. One could be forgiven for thinking one is on an African farm, but of course that’s exactly what the Hanssen family wants you to experience…