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 travelling together

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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 holidays: 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

Sit on the deck and watch the game come into to drink art the waterhole below.

Radio tracking and then walking with the cheetah was an incredible experience.

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Okonjima's The Grand, African Villa is found on the private Okonjima Reserve in Damaraland, which has wonderful views of the unspoilt 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 metres either side of the main house, so we feel it works very well for either two families travelling 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 leopard population. 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.

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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 Centre. Each of the bedrooms have access to WiFi.


Activities from Okonjima revolve around game viewing either on foot or by vehicle. Leopard radio tracking on foot and by vehicle is a popular activity to partake in during your stay. There is a Bushman Trail and plenty of birding opportunities, accompanied by expert guides.


  • 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.

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