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Okonjima Main Camp

Okonjima Main Camp

Home 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 Omboroko Mountains of northwestern Namibia. 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.

Okonjima Main Camp was the original Hanssen family farmhouse. It was reconstructed as a lodge in the 1990’s and was recently updated. The nearby waterhole affords extensive wildlife viewing from the lodge’s main area. Also featured here are a refreshing swimming pool, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and an excellent restaurant and bar. A quaint curio shop offers select African artifacts and jewelry.

Ten new rooms are near the main lapa and recreation area, which includes a large secluded swimming pool. All rooms provide amazing bush views, and three overlook the waterhole. Each room offers a large veranda, handicapped accessible ramp, two double beds, mini-fridge, coffee/tea station, en-suite bathroom, safe, alarm system, and telephone. Smaller, budget-friendly garden rooms are located around a lush garden and overlook the open fire entertainment area.

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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