Welcome to the Okonjima Nature Reserve!

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, 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 or are an avid bird watcher, there are endless ways to spend your time at Okonjima.

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Okonjima is situated half-way between Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, and the Etosha National Park, 2.5 hour drive either way, 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.

Accommodation

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.

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!

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Urgent Notice

February 2019

After 18 years of rehabilitating cheetahs into the Okonjima Nature Reserve we have come to the conclusion that rehabilitation can be a successful tool in conserving cheetahs, that cheetahs are able to adapt to different environments and are able to learn how to survive in the wild and become sustainable hunters. Unfortunately, the increasing pressure of higher level carnivores like leopards and brown hyenas in an enclosed ecosystem, makes the Okonjima Nature Reserve a more and more ‘unsuitable place’ in which cheetahs can thrive.


NO Human Wildlife Contact

An increasing number of tourism lodges and volunteer programmes are holding cheetahs, leopards and other wild animals in captivity for entertainment purposes. Okonjima supports the conservation of wild animals IN THEIR NATURAL HABITA!

The practice of catching cheetahs in the wild for captivity is causing a drain on the wild population. Revenue earned through showing these captive cheetahs at lodges rarely goes back into conservation practices. The AfriCat Foundation has also had to take on a large number of unwanted cheetahs, when lodge owners or farmers decide that they are not worth keeping.

It is Okonjima’s long–term aim, to encourage viewing of large carnivores in the wild, rather than in a captive environment. ‘Walking with cheetahs and lions’ – ‘touching and cuddling cubs’ or any direct human–animal contact – are detrimental to this long–term approach of only viewing carnivores in the wild and is not supported or encouraged on Okonjima or at AfriCat.

Guests visiting Okonjima will still be visiting The AfriCat Foundation and learning about large carnivores in the wild like cheetah, leopard and lion, but in a constructive manner.


Okonjima Animal Warning

Under NO circumstances should animals be fed! (except birds from the room; birdseed is provided at The Villa, Bush Suite & Bush Camp. Open food in the room, citrus and sweets can cause problems with baboons, badgers, mice, etc. If baboons are fed or food is readily available, they develop bad habits and will often attack if they don’t get more/find food. Sadly they often have to be put down!

  • Okonjima can honestly say that we have had NO problems with baboons or other wild animals, scavenging for food around our lodges. All kitchen ‘left-overs’ are offered to nocturnal animals such as porcupine and honey-badgers at our night hides. These animals are NOT dependent on this food, but see this as an ‘easy meal’. Travellers in Namibia do not often have the opportunity to see nocturnal animals, but guests are under no obligation to join this activity.


Okonjima African Villa 

The Okonjima African Villa is situated in a secluded wilderness area, 10km from the Plains Camp, overlooking a natural waterhole that’s ideal for wildlife photography and bird watching. The Okonjima Villa is the only lodge situated inside the 55 000acre|20 000 ha|200km² private, nature reserve. This safari-chic, thatched villa has two en-suite, luxury bedrooms in the main house and two separate private, luxury mini suites, which together can accommodate up to eight adults and four children.

As of 2018the Okonjima African Villa will be booked as:

  • a small, luxury, 3 suite, boutique lodge (max 6 to 8 pax)
  • as small, luxury, 3 suite, boutique lodge or for guided groups on confirmed, scheduled departures
  • or the entire Villa can be booked exclusively for three couples, a group of friends or family. (paying for min 6 pax). (min 3 rooms; 6 pax  |  max 4 rooms)