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Okonjima Bush Camp

Okonjima Bush Camp

Okonjima Lodge is nestled among northwestern Namibia’s Omboroko Mountains and serves as the home base for the world-renowned AfriCat Foundation, whose goal is to ensure the long-term survival of Africa’s large carnivore species. Okonjima comes from a Herero word meaning “place of the baboons.” But this area has become home to excellent populations of large cats including cheetah, leopard, lion, and caracal as well as wild dog and hyena.

At the edge of a wilderness area two miles from the main camp lies Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp. A lapa in the form of the local camelthorn pod and a secluded swimming pool provide areas for easy conversation and relaxation. The bush camp’s main area overlooks a busy waterhole and features a reception area, curio shop, cozy lounge, rustic indoor and outdoor fireplaces, kitchen, and dining area.

Of the eight thatched chalets, one is a private luxury honeymoon suite offering fireplace, bath, outside bush shower, two double beds, and more. Unique décor combines earthy, ochre-colored walls with khaki-green canvas beneath a thatched roof. All of the other suites feature complete privacy, queen and 3/4 bed, mini-bar, private safe, telephone, and tea/coffee bar. A birdbath in front of each suite invites visits by birds and small mammals.

Activities at Okonjima center around the spectacular wildlife. From leopard-viewing and tracking on foot to game drives in search of cheetah and spotted hyena, guests enjoy the many opportunities to see these animals thriving in their natural habitat. Learning about the AfriCat Foundation, experiencing a day in the life of a bushman, taking a self-guided nature walk, birdwatching, enjoying evening game drives, and viewing game at the nocturnal hide are just some of the adventures waiting at Okonjima.

Guests can expect to see a great diversity of wildlife here including leopard, cheetah, caracal, African wild cat, brown and spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, aardwolf, bat-eared fox, aardvark, pangolin, honey-badger, porcupine, kudu, oryx, red hartebeest, gnu (blue wildebeest), eland, impala, giraffe, Hartmann’s (mountain) zebra, Burchell’s zebra, steenbok, common duiker, Damara dik-dik, warthog, chacma baboon, and many more.

With its small beginnings in 1992, the AfriCat Foundation has grown immensely, saving over 1,000 carnivores since its inception. A vast majority (86%) have been rehabilitated and released into the wild, but Okonjima has provided a safe haven for those too injured to be set free. Ensuring the long-term survival of these magnificent creatures through environmental education, ongoing research, and mitigation of human-wildlife conflict, AfriCat continues to be a strong leader in habitat and wildlife conservation.

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