• The Villa
  • Bush Suite
  • Bush Camp
  • Plains Camp
  • Activities

Okonjima

West of the Waterberg Plateau Park, vast plains are occasionally broken by remnants of ancient Sandstone outcrops, which once covered large areas of northern Namibia. Nestled among the "Omboroko Mountains" lies Okonjima – a Herero name meaning “Place of the baboons”. This is much more than just a lodge. Both Okonjima & AfriCat are dedicated to creating conservation awareness through education; Environmental education at all ages and levels, rehabilitation and reintroduction programmes, provides solutions to human-wildlife conflict issues and conducts constructive wildlife research. As Namibia is home to the world’s largest wild/free-ranging cheetah population; the majority of Namibia's cheetahs and leopards can be found on approximately 7000 commercial farms and vast areas of communal farmland. These large carnivores occasionally prey upon the livestock that roam unprotected in the bush. As a result, carnivores are often regarded as vermin by the livestock and game-farming community and are deliberately trapped and/or killed. Among the carnivores being rescued, researched and rehabilitated by AfriCat are cheetah, leopard, lion, caracal, wild dog and hyena. Okonjima is a family-run business. Wayne, Donna and Rosalea Hanssen who co-own and live on the property, bought Okonjima from their parents, Val and Rose in 1993 turning, the then, cattle farm into a conservation project. Today the 22 000 hectare Okonjima Nature Reserve is still the ‘Home of The AfriCat Foundation’. AfriCat has given more than a 1080 carnivores a second chance since 1993. 86% have been released back into the wild! However AfriCat believes, ONLY ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION in the broad sense of the word will change 'old traditions and habits'. - BUT we cannot be species specific, for carnivores are only one link in the environmental chain. Only this concept exposed to THE NEXT GENERATION who hold the future of Namibia’s farmland in their hands, can and will make the difference. OKONJIMA activities include tracking rehabilitated carnivores on foot; visiting the AfriCat Carnivore Care & Information Centre; tracking leopards from a game-viewing vehicle. OKONJIMA also offers a guided Bushman Trail, Birding and Game drives. Learn about Namibia's carnivores and their fight for survival, and the Human Wildlife Conflict challenge that face both man and carnivore.

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The Grand African Villa

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THE VILLA, overlooking a natural waterhole, is situated in a secluded, 16 000 ha wilderness area approximately ten kilometres  from the Plains Camp. It has two separate, private suites, together with two select, en-suite bedrooms in the ‘Main House’, which together can accommodate groups of up to 8 adults and 4 children (12 yrs and older).

The graceful ‘Main House’ consists of an up-to-date, chef-designed kitchen with wine and soft drink coolers, both gas and electrical cooking facilities and an endless supply of ice from a double-door refrigerator. The living spaces are punctuated by a spacious lounge and dining area with an open, wood-burning fireplace. There are two en-suite luxury bedrooms. The bathrooms have both an inside shower and a spectacular outside bush-shower, together with a beautiful bath-with-a-view.

A magnificent infinity pool, surrounded on three sides by African red teak decking and a walkway to an open, shaded ‘Sala’ - for some serious birding and afternoon napping - incorporates a roof fan to stir the gentle breeze that crosses the adjoining waterhole.

Two separate, exquisite, thatched suites situated approximately 35m – 50m on either side of ‘The Main House’ are complemented by a well-stocked mini bar in each suite. There is a choice of either an inside or a unique, outside bush-shower. Toilets and bidets accompany the baths, all with a bush view.

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Okonjima Bush Suite

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The Bush Suite, overlooking a waterhole, nestled in the open Acacia thorn-veld with the sandstone Omboroko Mountains in the background, is situated in a secluded wilderness area approximately 3 1/2 km from Plains Camp and 500m from Bush Camp.

It has two separate, private, en-suite bedrooms under a magnificent thatched roof, which together can accommodate a family or  group of four.

It includes a modern, chef-designed kitchenette, with wine and soft drink coolers, both gas and electrical cooking facilities and an endless supply of ice from a double door refrigerator. The living space boasts a spacious lounge, a dining area under-roof or outside under natural shade and an open, wood-burning fireplace.
Outside is a unique thirteen metre long designer swimming pool.

The bedrooms have high roofs with fans, air-conditioning and when neededas well as heating facilities. They have Queen-size beds, of which one can be wheeled outside onto the terraces for a night under the stars!

The doorways have an elegant but practical, ‘roll-down’ canvas partitioning that contains heavy-duty gauze screens. On either side, two large glass-panelled windows enhance your 180 degree vista. The zip-fastened, secure, tent-style canvassing not only provides sufficient light, but also contributes to the impression of living in the wild by delivering the audible ambience of your surroundings while still maintaining a degree of comfort and safety.


Each bathroom has both an inside shower and a spectacular, outside bush-shower together with a beautiful colonial bath-with-a-view. Toilets and bidets accompany the baths, all with a bush-view.

Each bedroom has Wi-Fi, internet connection with ample work space.

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Okonjima Plains Camp

Plains Camp


The NEW, Plains Camp design honours the Okonjima cattle-farming history. In the early 1920’s, Okonjima became a cattle farm and was bought by Val (VJ) & Rose Hanssen in 1970. They were well-established Brahman breeders and continued to farm cattle until the need for solutions to increasing livestock losses became pertinent and post-independence interest in Namibia as a tourist destination, escalated. In 1993, the herds of Brahman and Jersey cattle were sold, changing the face of Okonjima as well as that of Carnivore Conservation!

The Barn/ Entertainment area - AKA 'The Lapa', meaning 'Gathering Place', - includes, the dining and lounge area, the pool and the curio-shop; and hosts the 3-tier accommodation facility. Plains Camp is family & wheel-chair friendly!

The open, grass-plains were 'recovered' by removing and burning invasive Acacia-bush during 2012 and 2013, creating the plains-view, ensuring a great sunset most evenings.

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Okonjima Bush Camp

Bush Camp

The Luxury Bush Camp is situated at the Edge of a Wilderness Area, 2.5 km from Plains Camp.

Bush Camp comprises:

8 thatched, African-style chalets, with semi-detached, open lounge | sala.
Each exclusive chalet enjoys complete privacy, and is a unique combination of earthy ochre walls, glass windows and khaki-green canvas, under a thatched roof.
Each chalet is equipped with: 2 queen-size beds, a desk with a telephone to contact reception, 2 comfortable leather chairs. Each Sala is equipped with: a lounge area with mini-bar, 2 couches and a coffee/tea station for that early morning ‘cuppa’.
1 luxury, honeymoon junior-suite, with a stunning view, a sliding glass, sliding door, 2 queen-size beds, an en-suite lounge with fire-place, bathtub and out-side ‘Bush-shower’. (Wheel-chair Friendly)
3 luxury, en-suite tents for guides and pilots and ‘Agent Educationals’.
A Lapa in the form of the indigenous ‘camelthorn’ pod and a secluded swimming pool.
All chalets are between 80m – 100m apart from each other. For those who wish to feel the closeness of nature, the lounge | sala at each chalet is completely open to the front, with an unrestricted view, so guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of the surrounding bush.

In front of each chalet, a birdbath is visited by a variety of birds and small mammals.

The extensive ‘camelthorn’ shaped Lapa, encompasses the reception area and curio-shop, a cosy lounge with four rustic inside fire-places, an outside fire-place, a kitchen and dining area – all overlooking a waterhole.

The main Lapa, Junior-Suite and Chalets have Wi-Fi (Hotspot) internet facilities and cell phone reception and under-cover, private parking.

No children under the age of 12 years.

Bush Camp has a private swimming-pool.

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Omboroko Camp Site

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{There are 4 private camp sites, who all share 1 private swimming-pool}

Each Private Campsite offers:

Private shower/s (incl. hot water),
Private flush toilet/s,
A washing-up area under a roof with a power point to charge batteries and a light.
A viewpoint for sundowners.
Okonjima will provide 2 bundles of fire wood. FOC – If groups however require more wood, please inform your Okonjima Guide.

More than 2 bundles of wood will be an additional cost.
1 fixed light per campsite for cooking & 1 plug point will be available for charging of fridges, cameras, cell phones etc.
No tents, drinks or meals are provided by Okonjima!!
None of the Lodge facilities are open or available to campers, except the curio-shop and Day Centre
Children are welcome. Due to the nature of our activities, child participation is restricted, depending on age!

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