Okonjima Plains Camp
Central Highlands, Namibia
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.
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
Exhilarating leopard tracking with radio collars - discover how tricky these shy animals are to spot!Louisa Ross-Taylor
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.
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.
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Plains Camp has 24 rooms - 14 comfortable, en-suite, double standard view rooms and 10 new, spacious, mountain/bush-view rooms.
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.
There is a swimming pool to enjoy between safaris and a game hide, plus the renowned AfriCat Research Center.
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.
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.
When to go
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.