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Okonjima Grand African Villa

Okonjima Grand African Villa

Hidden in a secluded wilderness area just six miles from the main camp, Okonjima Grand African Villa offers guests a special safari destination in northwestern Namibia. Base of the world-renowned AfriCat Foundation, whose goal is to ensure the long-term survival of large carnivore species, Okonjima Lodge is nestled among the sandstone of the Omboroko Mountains. Okonjima comes from a Herero name 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.

A massive thatched roof covers this spacious villa. The suite overlooks a natural waterhole and opens to stunning views of the Omboroko Mountains. With a personal host or hostess and chef attending to every need, the amenities here are exceptional. Spacious lounge, large dining area, wood-burning fireplace, chef-designed kitchen, gorgeous infinity pool, African red teak deck, and shaded sala all contribute to the exclusive, luxury atmosphere.

Two private bedrooms in the main house can accommodate a family or couples traveling together. Included in the en-suite bathroom are indoor shower, outdoor bush shower, and bath-with-a-view. Two separate thatched suites boast a well-stocked mini-bar, choice of inside or outside shower, and bathrooms with a bush view. All rooms have been structured with paneled windows and canvas-screened walls to allow guests to experience the ambience of the African wild in safety and comfort. The bedrooms also feature high ceilings, air-conditioning, WIFI, and more.

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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