The Okonjima Experience

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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.

For more information on our research projects please follow the links below:

Hyaena Research

Pangolin Research

 

NATURE TRAILS

Guests are invited to join a guided Off-The-Beaten-Track walk & drive activity.

This undemanding combination of a short walking trail and nature drive in the Okonjima Nature Reserve is especially loved by our younger guests and families, due to interactive and informative demonstrations.

This two-hour experience provides a stimulating insight into the flora and fauna, as well as culture, of Namibia.

Self-guided hiking along our nature trails:

Guests are encouraged to seek some self-reflection and solace in the Namibian wilderness, surrounded by Okonjima’s striking natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Between early morning and afternoon game drives, guests may go on a self-guided hike along one of three well laid-out hiking trails. The trails vary between four and six kilometres and, clearly marked, they meander along spectacular landscapes where wildlife abounds.

The trails start a short distance from either of the Okonjima Lodge camps.

Encounter all kinds of wildlife and birds whilst immersing yourself in the Okonjima wilderness.

 

Nature Game-Drive, looking for leopard:      Morning or Afternoon

Off-The-Beaten-Track:                                           Morning or Afternoon

AfriCat Carnivore Care and Information Centre:      Morning, after Brunch, or Afternoon

 

Winter:      Lodge Activity Times:  Morning – departure at 6:30   Afternoon – departure at 15:30

Summer:   Lodge Activity Times:  Morning – departure at 6:00   Afternoon – departure at 16:00