Okonjima Lodge

Okonjima Reserve, Namibia

Okonjima Lodge

Okonjima is a collection of camps, lodges and private bush homes that centre on an old farmhouse in the Okonjima Reserve. Home to the AfriCat Foundation, the main attraction of Okonjima is its resident population of big cats.

Okonjima Plains Camp (formerly Okonjima Main Camp) is a wonderful retreat hidden away in the Omboroko Mountains, west of Waterberg in Namibia's Central Highlands. It is the original camp in the Okonjima collection (there are four others), constructed around an old farmhouse owned by the Hanssen family, and one of the oldest lodges in Namibia, having opened as a guest farm in 1986. The lodge is fairly large (and constantly expanding) with 30 twin/double rooms scattered among pretty gardens.

The main attraction at Okonjima is the resident leopard, cheetah and lion. The lodge is home to the ‘AfriCat Foundation’, which is dedicated to preserving the big cats of Namibia. Special emphasis is placed on cheetah, leopard and lion, as well as less-known creatures such as the desert lynx, or caracal. In addition to the big cats, there are over 300 indigenous species of birds. In short, the wildlife viewing at Okonjima is superb!

In addition to the main farmhouse, there are a number of other places to stay at Okonojima, including a luxury bush camp situated on the edge of a wilderness area, the Omboroko exclusive campsite, a bush suite, and finally, a bush villa.

Okonjima is a 2 hour drive from Windhoek.

Accommodation

The main camp (Okonjima Plains) is home to thirty comfortable, en-suite double rooms, divided into three categories (view, garden, and standard). The bush camp, located a few kilometres from Okonjima Plains, offers eight thatched chalets, while Omboroko is a very exclusive camp site.

The private bush suite is home to a large swimming pool, private kitchen and two en-suite bedrooms, each with 2 queen-size beds, safe, air-conditioning (with heating) and bath and shower.

In addition there is a larger bush villa, which can accommodate up to 8 adults in its 4 en-suite double rooms, all with king-size beds (which can be rolled out onto the terrace with ease if you wish to sleep out under the stars). All of the rooms have an additional 3/4 beds to accommodate guests or children. A private kitchen, swimming pool, as well as host, guide and vehicle, complete the picture.

While it sounds like a big resort on paper, the different camp and lodges within the Okonjima collection are spread out enough to ensure that they don't feel overly crowded. Okonjima Plains Camp, it should be said, has expanded a great deal in recent years and is now much bigger than it used to be, leading to an altogether less intimate mood, but the rooms here are lovely and the atmosphere relaxed.

Dining

Okonjima is booked on a full or half-board basis. Special dietary requirements can be catered for but prior notice is necessary.

A generous brunch is typically served after a morning walk. Fresh fruit, cake, as well as hot and cold refreshments, are available throughout the day.

A three-course meal is served in the evenings.

Facilities (dependent on choice of accommodation)

- Swimming pool
- Lounge and bar
- Dining room
- Spa

Activities

- Cheetah and leopard tracking
- Birding
- The Bushman trail

Child Policy

Children under the age of 12 cannot be accommodated at Okonjima, except in the bush suite and villa where the age limit is 8.

Environmental Policy

The AfriCat Foundation is a non-profit that supports the conservation of Namibia's big cats, particularly leopard and cheetah.