Okonjima Omboroko Campsites

Camping in Okonjima Nature Reserve epitomises the African safari experience. Your small group or family can become one with nature as they visit the Carnivore Care Centre, track leopards and cheetahs, learn about the indigenous people during the Bushman trail, and grow attuned to the sights, sounds and ways of Namibia’s grassy plains. The four, partially-equipped, private campsites share a swimming pool at the foot of the Ombokoro Mountains and are located in the 2000ha non-rehabilitation area. All four sites boast spectacular sundowner viewpoints.


Camping in Okonjima Nature Reserve epitomises the African safari experience....

Become one with nature

For a truly African safari experience track cheetahs and leopards through the 20 000ha Okonjima Nature Reserve with a guide, followed by a sundowner viewpoint and bonfire, before falling asleep beneath the stars to the sounds of hyaena calls and cicada songs.

Each of the four private, self-catering campsite consists of:

  • A fixed light and a multipurpose power point
  • Private, under cover hot-water showers, (except for Camp Chilala where you shower beneath the stars)
  • Private flush toilets
  • A covered washing-up area
  • A sundowner viewpoint
  • Two inclusive bundles of fire wood per night. More firewood can be arranged with your guide at an additional cost.

Camp Chilala, Chimelo and Kendi cater for more than one vehicle, while Camp Koshi is the smallest campsite and only caters for one vehicle.

Please note:

  • Guests need to bring their own tents, food and drinks, and additional fuel, as the various campsites are not catered for by Okonjima Lodge.
  • Our Ombokoro Campsite rates are split between a camping site and an activity rate. All trails and wildlife tracking activities are excluded and need to be pre-booked on arrival at an additional cost, subject to availability, as preference is given to lodge guests.
  • Campers are welcome to reserve breakfast, lunch or dinner at any of Okonjima’s lodges or eat lunch at the AfriCat Carnivore Care and Information Centre with a booking.

All subject to availability and booking on arrival, as preference is given to lodge guests. In terms of lodge facilities, the curio shop is also open to campers.

Children are welcome, however due to the nature of some of our activities, child participation may be restricted depending on age.

Activities on offer at Okonjima...

The Okonjima Nature Reserve sprawls over 200 square kilometres of undulating plains, mountainous outcrops, and riverine thickets, and it is here that leopard (Panthera pardus), the most adaptable of all the wild cats, thrive. Read more about our Leopard Research.

These intelligent, solitary predators occur in high density in the expanse of Okonjima Nature Reserve’s multi-faceted topography.  The Reserve’s predator research programme has spanned three decades, and its findings have provided great insight to leopard behavioral patterns as well as offered an upbeat prognosis for a sustainable future for the species in today’s Africa.

A two-day Okonjima stay offers the best chance to view wild leopard in Namibia, as well as those collared for research purposes, in their natural habitats.  Research programme leopard are actively tracked, and their collars are an invaluable resource for locating, and then returning to the Reserve, cats which have migrated to surrounding farmland where they are perceived as threats to livestock.

The Okonjima Nature Reserve, a huge protected area set amongst the rugged commercial farmlands of central Namibia, comprises a diversified ecosystem representative of both the larger and small mammals of Namibia, as well as most of the country’s endemic birds.

Game drives and guided bush walks offer visitors an intimate, up-close perspective of Namibia’s wildlife and, especially, its most protected species.

The Okonjima Nature Reserve is home to and runs extensive research projects on rare and endangered species, big and small.

Quick Fact

‘The Omboroko’ is the name of the main river on Okonjima. The Okonjima ‘mountain range’ – is also called the ‘Omboroko Mountains’. Omboroko means a natural ‘Crater’ or what seems like a ‘man-made Excavation’ in the Oshi-Herero language. There are a few natural ‘crater like formations’ in the area, which is why the Herero people named the river and the mountains on Okonjima – ‘The Omborokos’.

Meaning of the Individual Camps:

CAMP CHILALA: in the Tonga language of Zambia means, “Sleeping or a Place to Rest”.

CAMP CHIMELO: in Igbo – a language of Nigeria means, “Made by God.”

CAMP KOSHI: in a west African dialect means “full or satisfied”

CAMP KENDI: in the Meru language of Kenya meaning “The Loved One”


  • Shower, including hot water per campsite
  • Flush Toilet per campsite
  • Undercover scullery and dining area per campsite
  • One fixed spotlight per campsite for cooking and packing
  • One electrical socket per campsite
  • Shared Sundowner view point for all campsites
  • Shared campsite swimming pool for all campsites
  • All Activities
    • ACCC  (can be booked prior)
    • OTBT  (can be booked prior)
    • Leopard Tracking (only on arrival)
    • Game Drive (only on arrival)
  • Lunch at Day Centre 
  • Dinner at Plains Camp (only on arrival)
Child Policy Campsite
Children from the age of 3 are allowed. 
Please note we offer a child friendly environment, but due to the nature of our activities that focuses on carnivores, certain activities are restricted.
  • AGE 3 – onwards
    • AfriCat Carnivore Care & Information Centre
  • AGE 5 – onwards
    • AfriCat Carnivore Care & Information Centre
    • Off The Beaten Track and a short game drive
  • AGE 6 – onwards
    • Park Activities 
    • AfriCat Carnivore Care & Information Centre
    • Off The Beaten Track
  • AGE 12 – onwards
    • Park Activities 
    • AfriCat Carnivore Care & Information Centre
    • Off The Beaten Track
    • Guided Bush Walks in the Okonjima Nature Reserve  
Please Note:
Children need to be controlled by their parents, in and around the lodge and surrounding areas. They are prohibited to swim unaccompanied. Noise levels need to please be kept to a minimum. Regrettably no “CHILD-MINOR-CARE” is available. Okonjima cannot look after children while parents are on an activity. Parents will be responsible for their kids safety at all times.
no pets allowed at okonjima