Okonjima’s Luxury Bush Camp

  • The elegant Luxury Bush Camp is situated within the 2 000-ha enclosed wilderness area of Okonjima Nature Reserve, only 2.5 km from the Okonjima Plains Camp. 
  • Eight thatched, African-style chalets, a junior suite and three en-suite safari tents. (Up to 18 pax: various groups)
Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp chalet view, Namibia

Luxury Bush Camp Information

The Luxury Bush Camp consists of:

  • Eight thatched, safari-chic chalets with earthy tones and African design elements.
  • Each of the private chalets are between 80-100 metres away from one other.
  • The junior suite.
  • A Camelthorn pod-shaped lapa that encompasses the reception area, curio shop, a cosy lounge area with inside and outside fireplaces, a restaurant and dining area. It looks out onto the waterhole.
  • A secluded, private swimming pool.
  • A Wi-Fi hotspot and has cellphone reception as well as undercover, private parking.

 

Each luxury chalet:

  • Has large glass panels and canvas windows that can be completely opened for unrestricted views of the savannah that offers a truly magical African bush experience. Okonjima is a malaria-free area.
  • Has an open-air sala with a semi-detached lounge area complete with a minibar, tea/coffee station and ample space to relax, and offers panoramic views of the natural surrounds.
  • Is equipped with: two queen-size beds, a working desk with telephone and comfortable leather chairs.
  • Has a Wi-Fi hotspot, cellphone reception as well as undercover, private parking.
  • Has a birdbath that’s a highlight for any bird lover and a bird-feeding container should guests want to feed the birds.

 

The junior suite:

  • Is a large 120m2 room with two queen-size beds and an en-suite lounge. The fireplace and bathtub will keep you warm during the winter nights, while the outdoor shower is ideal for the summer time.
  • Combines relaxation and romance with its views overlooking Namibia’s spectacular landscape that epitomises a luxurious African safari experience.
  • Has a Wi-Fi hotspot, cellphone reception as well as undercover, private parking.
  • Is wheel-chair accessible.

 

Guides & Pilots:

There are three glamping en-suite safari tents, each with a double and a three-quarter bed, for guides and pilots accompanying a tour group, about 120 metres from the main lapa.

The Luxury Bush Camp experience is not suitable for children under the age of 12. Have a look at our Plains Camp , Private Bush Suite and Omboroko campsite for more  accommodation options.

The Luxury Bush Camp can be booked on a fully-inclusive or a DBB/half-board rate.

 

The fully inclusive rate includes: park entry and environmental education fees; accommodation; three daily meals; all activities; coffee/tea and fruit available throughout the day; and drinks, excluding premier and imported alcoholic brands; Namibian Tourism Association levy and VAT.

DBB/ half-board (dinner, bed, breakfast/brunch) rate includes: park entry and environmental education fees; accommodation; breakfast/brunch and dinner, house alcoholic drinks; coffee/tea and fruit available throughout the day; levy, VAT. This rate excludes: premier drinks and imported alcoholic brands, as well as trails and excursions into the Okonjima Nature Reserve.

 

Please feel free to view our other accommodation options; Select Private Bush Suite, African Villa Plains Camp & Omboroko Campsite

Winding pathway to the Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp chalets, Namibia

ROOM / SUITE SIZE: 
Luxury Bush Camp lapa: 610m2
Chalets: 105m2
Junior Suite: 120m2

 

CO-ORDINATES
Okonjima Bush Camp
S 20 51.003’, E 16 40.030’

Chalet Bedroom

Chalet Entrance

Chalet Lounge

Chalet View From Waterhole

Lapa

Lapa View From Garden

THE AFRICAT PROGRAMME: 

The AfriCat Foundation is a registered, Namibian-based, non-profit organization (# T48/93), dedicated to the protection and conservation of Namibian’s Large Carnivores in their natural habitat. AfriCat actively supports the long term survival of Namibia’s large carnivores through Environmental Education, Research, Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation and Community Support programmes.  Okonjima is home to the headquarters of AfriCat, whereas AfriCat North, is based along Etosha’s south-western boundary,

(AfriCat’s northern project strives to mitigate Human-Wildlife Conflict on farmland especially with regards to the lion (Panthera leo), by educating the youth, encouraging adapted livestock management and conducting essential research & monitoring of wild lion populations.)

AfriCat has grown significantly since its inception and has over the years identified the need to include a focus on education, community support, research and rehabilitation as being essential to accomplishing our new mission: to make a significant contribution to CONSERVATION through EDUCATION,  while still striving towards the long term survival of Namibia’s predators in their natural habitat. Visitors will be able to observe some of this programme at work and learn more about these amazing and beautiful animals.

LEOPARD VIEWING:

The leopard is the most adaptable of all the wild cats and has the widest distribution.  Leopards are frequently seen on Okonjima, 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 20 000ha / 200km2  nature reserve.  These solitary cats however, are elusive and roam huge, sometimes mountainous terrain and acacia thickets,  and therefore sightings are not guaranteed.

LARGE CARNIVORE TRACKING ON FOOT: 

Okonjima guests are invited to participate on foot in the radio-tracking of the ‘rehabilitated carnivores‘ on the Tracking Trail within the 20 000ha / 200km2 rehabilitation nature reserve.

THE CHEETAH PROJECT: 

Offers visitors a valuable insight into the welfare work’ of The AfriCat Foundation.  At AfriCat HQ, over the past 2 decades, the ‘Rescue and Release Programme’ developed as a result of our relationship with the farming community. The welfare, in turn, was a by-product of the ‘Rescue and Release Programme’.  Some of the ‘ambassadors’ in our care are young, fit and wild enough to be part of our ‘Rehabilitation Project’.  There are, however, some cheetahs and leopards too old or tame to go back into the wild. These individuals are going to live out their lives under the expert care of the AfriCat team and continue to be “ambassadors” for their wild counter-parts,  but some of the cheetahs you will see at AfriCat’s Carnivore Care Centre, are in-line to be rehabilitated into the private Okonjima Nature Reserve and are patiently awaiting their turn to get a second chance to go back into the wild.

DAY-VISITORS:

Are able to observe some of this programme’s work and learn more about these endangered, amazing & beautiful animals!

PLEASE NOTE: Tracking of the rehabilitated carnivores in the 200km2 Okonjima Reserve is reserved for guests staying at one of Okonjima’s lodges.

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 environment. Participation is welcomed!

NOCTURNAL GAME DRIVE: After dinner, guests are invited to join a guided, nature-drive in the 20 000ha / 200km² private, Okonjima Nature Reserve.

NATURE TRAIL:  Self-guided walking trails of up to 8 km, for those guests who want to spend some time alone in the solitude of the Okonjima wilderness.

BIRD WATCHING: Identify some of the more than 250+ species in the area, including some of the Namibian endemics – Carp’s Black Tit, Hartlaub’s Francolin and the (Damara) Rock Runner.

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS VIEWED FROM A HIDE: 

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.

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 – many of the free roaming cats on OKONJIMA are radio-collared.  ALL cats that are part of AfriCat’s Carnivore Care programme, are NOT radio-collared.

RACK RATE: BUSHCAMP 2018 (01 January to 31 December)

OKONJIMA LUXURY BUSH CAMP RACK RATE
CHALETS (8 units) and JNR-SUITE (1 unit) PER PERSON
PER NIGHT
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING N$ 4840
Single Supplement (+750) N$ 5690
Children: 12 – 16 years – sharing N$ 2420
FULLY INCLUSIVE: (FI) SHARING N$ 6534
Single Supplement (+750) N$ 7384
Children: 12 – 16 years – sharing N$ 3267

Pilot & Guide Fees Per Guide/Pilot Per Night
Pilot & Guide Fees N$ 825

EXTRAS – NON COMMISSIONABLE PER PERSON/
PER ACTIVITY
AM and PM activities N$ 700
AM and PM activities – Children 7 – 16 years N$ 350
AfriCat Welfare Activity N$ 550
AfriCat Welfare Activity – Children 3 – 16 years N$ 275
PER PERSON
Lunch N$ 240
Lunch Children 3 – 16 years N$ 180
Lunch Pack N$ 165
Transfers (by road) On Request

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

ALL RATES ARE QUOTED IN NAMIBIAN DOLLARS (NAD) 

FULLY INCLUSIVE (FI) includes: Accommodation, Meals, Activities, Levy, Vat and Drinks (except premier and imported brands), Coffee/tea and fruit available throughout the day. Park and Environmental Education fee.

HALFBOARD RATES INCLUDE:
Accommodation, Dinner, Breakfast, Levy, Vat and Drinks (except premier and imported brands)
Coffee/tea and fruit available throughout the day. Park and Environmental Education fee.

PILOTS & GUIDES:
At rates above guides and pilots must be prepared to sleep in LUX. EN-SUITE TENTS and can only participate on activities if space is available.

CHILDREN:
Due to the nature of our activities, child participation is restricted, depending on age and activity.

NO TRACKING ON FOOT in the Okonjima Nature Reserve, for children under 12 years of age.
Parents will have to sign a special indemnity taking full responsibility for any children under the age of 16 years.

METHOD OF PAYMENT:
100% deposit within 7 days of placing the booking.
Via credit card / bank transfer

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Okonjima Cancellation Policy

Confirmed Bookings
Excluding block / group bookings

Okonjima would like to make all our tourism partners aware that we have changed our cancellation policy for confirmed bookings to 60 days prior to arrival.

The cancellation policy for confirmed bookings will be applicable from 1 June 2018

Confirmed bookings – Less than 60 days prior to arrival date, cancellation fees are payable

  • 60 -31 days before arrival – 50% cancellation fees
  • 30 -8 days before arrival – 80% cancellation fees
  • 7 days – NO SHOW –  100% cancellation fees

Thank you for your continued support

 

CHECK IN TIMES
From 13h00
Those who wish to partake in afternoon activities: before 16h00 (summer time) and 15h00 (winter time)

CHECK OUT TIMES
No later than 10h30

Okonjima reserves the right to amend these rates as and when necessary!

Bush Camp Information

About Bush Camp

COMPLETED AUG 2001 | RENOVATED AND UPGRADED MAY 2015

The Luxury Bush Camp is situated at the Edge of a Wilderness Area, 2.5 km from Plains Camp.

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.

All chalets are between 80m – 100m apart from each other.  For those who wish to feel the closeness of nature, the lounge | sala at each chalet is completely open to the front, with an unrestricted view, so guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of the surrounding bush.

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 four rustic inside fire-places, an outside fire-place, a kitchen and dining area – all overlooking a waterhole.

The main Lapa, Junior-Suite and Chalets have Wi-Fi (Hotspot) internet facilities and cell phone reception and under-cover, private parking.

No children under the age of 12 years.

Bush Camp has a private swimming-pool.

Rate: 

FI: FULLY INCLUSIVE INCLUDES: Park and Environmental Education fee;  Accommodation;  Meals;  Activities;  Coffee/tea and fruit available throughout the day and Drinks (EXCLUDES: premier and imported brands); Levy;  Vat.

DBB: DINNER + BED + BRUNCH/BREAKFAST  INCLUDES:
Park and Environmental Education fee; Accommodation, Dinner;  Breakfast/Brunch;  House Drinks; Coffee/tea and fruit available throughout the day;  Levy, Vat

(EXCLUDES: premier drinks and imported brands + trails/excursions into the Okonjima Nature Reserve)

ROOM / SUITE SIZE:
Bush Camp Lapa: 610m2
Chalets: 105m2
Junior / Honeymoon Suite: 120m2

CO-ORDINATES
Okonjima Bush Camp
S 20 51.003’ ; E 16 40.030’

Tours

Chalet Bedroom

Chalet Entrance

Chalet Lounge

Chalet View From Waterhole

Lapa

Lapa View From Garden

Photo Gallery

Activities

THE AFRICAT FOUNDATION:  Okonjima is home to the headquarters of AfriCat.  AfriCat is a non-profit organisation set up to conserve and protect threatened cheetah, leopard, and other wild carnivores of Namibia.  AfriCat has grown significantly since its inception and has over the years identified the need to include a focus on education, community support, research and rehabilitation as being essential to accomplishing our new mission: to make a significant contribution to CONSERVATION through EDUCATION,  while still striving towards the long term survival of Namibia’s predators in their natural habitat.  Visitors will be able to observe some of this programme at work and learn more about these amazing and beautiful animals.  www.africat.org 

LEOPARD VIEWING:  The leopard is the most adaptable of all the wild cats and has the widest distribution.  Leopards are frequently seen on Okonjima, 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 20 000ha / 200km2  nature reserve.  These solitary cats however, are elusive and roam huge, sometimes mountainous terrain and acacia thickets,  and therefore sightings are not guaranteed.

THE CHEETAH PROJECT:  Offers visitors a valuable insight into the ‘welfare work’ of The AfriCat Foundation.  At AfriCat HQ, over the past 2 decades, the ‘Rescue and Release Programme’ developed as a result of our relationship with the farming community. The welfare, in turn, was a by-product of the ‘Rescue and Release Programme’.  Some of the ‘ambassadors’ in our care are young, fit and wild enough to be part of our ‘Rehabilitation Project’.  There are, however, some cheetahs and leopards too old or tame to go back into the wild. These individuals are going to live out their lives under the expert care of the AfriCat team and continue to be “ambassadors” for their wild counter-parts,  but some of the cheetahs you will see at AfriCat’s Carnivore Care Centre, are in-line to be rehabilitated into the private Okonjima Nature Reserve and are patiently awaiting their turn to get a second chance to go back into the wild.  http://www.africat.org/program/carnivore-care

(DAY-VISITORS are able to observe some of this programme’s work and learn more about these endangered, amazing & beautiful animals!) http://www.okonjima.net/activities/day-visits-with-us/

LARGE CARNIVORE TRACKING ON FOOT:  Okonjima guests are invited to participate on foot in the radio-tracking of the rehabilitated Cheetahs, Wild Dogs or the Spotted Hyaenas on the Tracking Trail within the 20 000ha / 200km2 rehabilitation nature reserve. http://www.africat.org/program/rehabilitation

(PLEASE NOTE: Tracking of the rehabilitated carnivores in the 200km2 Okonjima Reserve is reserved for guests staying at one of Okonjima’s lodges.)

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 environment. Participation is welcomed!

 

NOCTURNAL GAME DRIVE: After dinner, guests are invited to join a guided, nature-drive in the 20 000ha / 200km² private, Okonjima Nature Reserve.

NATURE TRAIL:  Self-guided walking trails of up to 8 km, for those guests who want to spend some time alone in the solitude of the Okonjima wilderness.

BIRD WATCHING: Identify some of the more than 250+ species in the area, including some of the Namibian endemics – Carp’s Black Tit, Hartlaub’s Francolin and the (Damara) Rock Runner.

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS VIEWED FROM A HIDE: 

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 – many of the free roaming cats on OKONJIMA are radio-collared.  ALL cats that are part of AfriCat’s Carnivore Care programme, are NOT radio-collared.

FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO SEE VIDEO CLIPS  – CLICK HERE:  http://www.okonjima.net/activities/

HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES:  http://www.okonjima.net/media/activities-okonjima-high-resolution-images/

Rates & Reservations

RACK RATE: BUSHCAMP 2016 (01 January to 31 December)

OKONJIMA LUXURY BUSH CAMP RACK RATE
CHALETS (8 units) and JNR-SUITE (1 unit) PER PERSON PER NIGHT
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING N$ 3690
Single Supplement (+750) N$ 4440
Children: 12 – 16 years – sharing N$ 1845
FULLY INCLUSIVE: (FI) SHARING N$ 4950
Single Supplement (+750) N$ 5700
Children: 12 – 16 years – sharing N$ 2475

Pilot & Guide Fees Per Guide/Pilot Per Night
Pilot & Guide Fees N$ 750

EXTRAS – NON COMMISSIONABLE PER PERSON/
PER ACTIVITY
AM and PM activities N$ 560
AM and PM activities – Children 7 – 16 years N$ 280
AfriCat Welfare Activity N$ 415
AfriCat Welfare Activity – Children 3 – 16 years N$ 195
PER PERSON
Lunch N$ 165
Lunch Children 3 – 16 years N$ 105
Lunch Pack N$ 120
Transfers (by road) On Request

RACK RATE: BUSHCAMP 2017 (01 January to 31 December)

OKONJIMA LUXURY BUSH CAMP RACK RATE
CHALETS (8 units) and JNR-SUITE (1 unit) PER PERSON PER NIGHT
HALFBOARD: (DBB) SHARING N$ 4490
Single Supplement (+750) N$ 5205
Children: 12 – 16 years – sharing N$ 2200
FULLY INCLUSIVE: (FI) SHARING N$ 5940
Single Supplement (+750) N$ 6745
Children: 12 – 16 years – sharing N$ 2970

Pilot & Guide Fees Per Guide/Pilot Per Night
Pilot & Guide Fees N$ 750

EXTRAS – NON COMMISSIONABLE PER PERSON/
PER ACTIVITY
AM and PM activities N$ 670
AM and PM activities – Children 7 – 16 years N$ 340
AfriCat Welfare Activity N$ 500
AfriCat Welfare Activity – Children 3 – 16 years N$ 250
PER PERSON
Lunch N$ 200
Lunch Children 3 – 16 years N$ 150
Lunch Pack N$ 150
Transfers (by road) On Request

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

ALL RATES ARE QUOTED IN NAMIBIAN DOLLARS (NAD) 

FULLY INCLUSIVE (FI) includes: Accommodation, Meals, Activities, Levy, Vat and Drinks (except premier and imported brands), Coffee/tea and fruit available throughout the day. Park and Environmental Education fee.

HALFBOARD RATES INCLUDE:
Accommodation, Dinner, Breakfast, Levy, Vat and Drinks (except premier and imported brands)
Coffee/tea and fruit available throughout the day. Park and Environmental Education fee.

PILOTS & GUIDES:
At rates above guides and pilots must be prepared to sleep in LUX. EN-SUITE TENTS and can only participate on activities if space is available.

CHILDREN:
Due to the nature of our activities, child participation is restricted, depending on age and activity.
NO TRACKING ON FOOT in the Okonjima Nature Reserve, for children under 12 years of age.
Parents will have to sign a special indemnity taking full responsibility for any children under the age of 16 years.

METHOD OF PAYMENT:
100% deposit within 7 days of placing the booking.
Via credit card / bank transfer

EFT/BANK TRANSFER PAYMENTS: 
We have an exciting payment option for EFT/Bank Transfer payments.

When you pay via EFT you are a winner, because . . .

  • Your payment will incur ZERO SWIFT or Transfer fees
  • There is zero commissions
  • Excellent Exchange Rates that beat the bank
  • Pay in your own local currency into a local bank account in your own country

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CANCELLATION FEE POLICY:
High Season ( July – November)
60 – 31 days prior to arrival date  – 50% cancellation fees
30 – 8 days prior to arrival date – 80% cancellation fees
7 days – NO SHOW prior to arrival date – 100% cancellation fees

Low Season ( December – June) 
30 – 15 days prior to arrival date – 50% cancellation fees
14 – 8 days prior to arrival date – 80% cancellation fees
7 days – NO SHOW prior to arrival date – 100% cancellation fees

CHECK IN TIMES
From 12h00
Those who wish to partake in afternoon activities: before 16h00 (summer time) and 15h00 (winter time)

CHECK OUT TIMES
No later than 10h30

Okonjima reserves the right to amend these rates as and when necessary!