Okonjima Plains Camp

Central Highlands, Namibia

At a Glance

  • Home of the AfriCat Foundation

  • Track rehabilitated Cheetahs, Wild Dog or the Spotted Hyena on foot

  • Self-guided walking trails through the Okonjima wilderness

  • Relax by the swimming pool

  • Experience a day in the life of a Bushman with a highly informative walking trail

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Best time to Visit

Good time to visit

Average time to visit

The best time to visit Windhoek is between May and September, when it's cool and dry. Summer (November to March) is hot with heavy rains that sometimes make the gravel roads to the Namib completely impassable.

December and January see the main school vacations: much of the populace heads to the coast, so if you visit during this time you may find some shops and restaurants closed.

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Insider's View

Walk up close to the cheetah

Exhilarating leopard tracking with radio collars - discover how tricky these shy animals are to spot!

Learn about the work of the Africat Foundations work with the conservation of the big predictors in Namibia.

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Okonjima Plains Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Central Highlands

Description

Located to the northwest of Windhoek, Okonjima Plains Camp has wonderful views of the unspoiled landscapes that surround the camp. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation and guests can visit the cats and photograph them.

Okonjima Plains Camp, which replaced the Main Camp and reopened in June 2014. Plains Camp has a fantastic, vast main area with a bar, shop, dining area and a selection of seating areas; it's split level and is known as The Barn - the focal point being the enormous floor to ceiling glass windows right across the front which overlook the plains. Plains Camp has 24 rooms, so it's a relatively large camp, and the rooms are split into two categories - the View Rooms are larger, newly built, and have an outside veranda - they are quite widely spaced and have views over the plain. The Standard rooms are a little smaller, and still have the views but do not have a veranda.

Plains Camp has a large seating area to the front, a swimming pool and a barbecue and pizza ovens which are often used for pizza evenings.

Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, which works with local farmers to conserve Namibia’s big cats – mainly leopard and cheetah. All guests will have the unique opportunity to watch the AfriCat Foundation researchers at work and to participate in radio-tracking on foot. Alternatively, watch leopards from the safety of a hide or a safari vehicle, and track them using signals from their radio collars.

The main hide is a fantastic spot for wildlife viewing with more than 300 species identified. Sit quietly after dinner, and you may spot porcupines, honey badgers and many other nocturnal species. There are also numerous guided and self-guided walking trails on offer.

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Accommodation

There is a range of accommodation on Okonjima and Plains Camp 24 rooms, 14 standard rooms which are comfortable, en-suite, double garden-view rooms and 10 new, spacious, mountain/bush-view rooms.

Main Camp rooms

Plains Camp has 24 rooms - 14 comfortable, en-suite, double standard view rooms and 10 new, spacious, mountain/bush-view rooms.

Childcare

There is a minimum age of 12 years at Okonjima Plains Camp. However children are welcome at the Bush Suite at the sister Okonjima Bush Camp and the Campsite, but it should be noted that no ‘childcare service’ is available. Due to the nature of the activities, child participation is restricted, depending on age so guests should always check before booking children.

Facilities

There is a swimming pool to enjoy between safaris and a game hide, plus the renowned AfriCat Research Center.

Activities

Activities from Okonjima revolve around game viewing either on foot or by vehicle. The cheetah and leopard radio tracking on foot and by vehicle are also a popular activity to partake in during your stay. There is a Bushman Trail and plenty of birding with expert guides.

Reviews

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Top Ten Green Breaks

Few people ever see a cheetah in the wild. As well as being one of the shyest of the big cats, its also one of the most endangered: perhaps only 10,000 remain, around a quarter of those in Namibia. The Africat Foundation offers the best cheetah-spotting odds anywhere outside a zoo. From the 223sq km Okonjima guest farm near Otjiwarongo, where you stay in luxurious thatched chalets, guides will take you close to cheetahs devouring a kill, or youll follow on foot as they track impala.

Experiences

  • Cheetah tracking on foot at Okonjima

    Guests from Okonjima are invited to join experienced guides heading out on foot in search of cheetah.

  • Leopard tracking at Okonjima

    Despite being notoriously shy, leopard sightings are common on Okonjima's 20,000 hectare reserve. These magnificent big cats roam freely on the reserve, and you can radio track them from the comfort of a game-viewing vehicle.

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Location & directions

Central Highlands, Namibia

Okonjima Main Camp is situated halfway between Windhoek and Etosha National Park. The vast plains west of the Waterberg Plateau Park are occasionally broken by the remnants of ancient sandstone ‘outcrops’, which once covered large areas of northern Namibia. Nestled among these outcrops, in the Omboroko Mountains, lies Okonjima.

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