Okonjima, The Grand African Villa
Central Highlands, Namibia
At a Glance
Exclusive use villa with 4 en-suite bedrooms
Relax by the swimming pool and watch the game come in to drink at the watering hole
Game drive to locate one of the elusive leopard, which have been radio collared
Home of the AfriCat Foundation
Perfect for an older family or a group traveling together
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The best time to visit Namibia 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.
To start planning your vacation to Okonjima, The Grand African Villa
Okonjima's The Grand, African Villa is found on the private Okonjima Reserve in Damaraland, which has wonderful views of the unspoiled landscapes that surround the four bedroom villa. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation.
The Grand African Villa is located on a remote part of the private Okonjima Reserve, about 10km from the main Okonjima camp. The villa is designed to be a home away from home and has two separate private suites which each boast two ensuite bedrooms, accommodating groups of up to eight adults and four children. Each of the suites has both air conditioning and fans for the warm summer nights, and heating for the cooler winter evenings. The suites are located about 35-50 meters either side of the main house, so we feel it works very well for either two families traveling together, so each family is able to have some privacy, or an extended family group.
The spacious main house has a lounge and dining area with a large open fireplace - lovely for those cooler winter evenings. The Villa is fully staffed and even has its own chef meaning that meal times and menus are completely flexible and can be arranged to suit the needs of each individual group.
As well as this there is a fabulous infinity pool out on the deck which overlooks the watering hole, ideal for lazy afternoons when you can kick back and observe the game move into the waterhole for a refreshing drink. There is also a sala on the deck, just perfect for a siesta.
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.
Okonjima's The Grand African Villa has 4 spacious ensuite bedrooms which are found in two separated thatched cottages about 35-50 meters away from the main house. The suites each have air conditioning, fans and heating to maintain a comfortable temperature whatever the weather. The rooms are all also covered by WiFi.
The spacious bathrooms create the difficult decision of whether to shower under the stars or indoors, or whether to enjoy a relaxing bath whilst taking in views of the surrounding African bush.
Children over the age of 12 are welcome at The Okonjima The Grand, African Villa, but children of all ages are welcomed at the Bush Suite at the Bush Camp; it should be noted that no ‘child-care service’ is available. Due to the nature of the activities, child participation is restricted, depending on age so guests should always check before booking with children.
There is a swimming pool on the deck to enjoy between safaris, plus the chance to visit the renowned AfriCat Research Center. Each of the bedrooms have access to WiFi.
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 opportunities, accompanied by expert guides.
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.
Location & directions
Central Highlands, Namibia
Okonjima The Grand, African Villa 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.
How to get there
It is an 11-hour international flight to Johannesburg, followed by a two hour international flight to Windhoek. There is a private airstrip a 5-minute drive from Main Camp. Alternatively, is a 2-hour 30-minute drive from Windhoek (3-hours from the airport) along a tarmac road.