- Luxurious chalets with views
- Walking trails and game drives
- Leopard sustainability programme
- AfriCat carnivore care centre
Designed in honour of Okonjima’s cattle-farming history, and situated in Okinjima Game Reserve in Namibia, this luxury bush camp offers guests a great base from which to spot some of the best game in the region. Sightings of wild dog and spotted hyena are common, along with the chance to see rare species such as rhino and pangolin; if very lucky, the elusive leopard might even reveal itself.
Guest accommodation consists of a variety of abodes serving different purposes. There are 8 thatched African-style chalets, with semi-detached, open lounges or ‘salas’. Each chalet is isolated, ensuring privacy, and features two queen-sized beds, and comfortable leather chairs. The luxurious honeymoon junior-suite provides stunning views of the surrounding plains and comprises an en-suite lounge with fireplace, a bathtub, and a wheelchair-friendly outdoor ‘Bush’ shower. There’s also a birdbath outside each chalet to attract birds right up to the chalet front doors.
Communal facilities are found in the Lapa, a main structure which takes the form of an indigenous camelthorn pod. It includes a kitchen and dining area, separate lounges with fireplaces, outdoor fireplaces, and a private swimming pool overlooking the grassy plains.
There are a number of activities on offer in Okonjima Nature Reserve. Today’s visitors are privileged to play their part in a long-term project relating to the sustainability of the local leopard populations by collecting and collating data with their professional guides. While AfriCat’s Cheetah Rehabilitation Project has ceased due to the density of rival species threatening the success of the initiative, a highly informative visit to the AfriCat Carnivore Care and Information Centre where old or vulnerable carnivores are looked after in captivity is strongly recommended – it’s a genuine pleasure to enjoy AfriCat’s educational afternoon trail, followed by a relaxing sundowner complete with wildlife spotting opportunities. The reserve also offers interactive, off-the-beaten-track nature trails which cleverly combine game drives with short guided walks, along with the chance to seek out some of the 250 bird species in the region.
Families with children over the age of 12 are welcome at the Luxury Bush Camp. Although there are no child-care services, and opportunities for children to participate in activities are limited, facilities are family-friendly with a pool, lovely gardens and comfortable surroundings to enjoy. The guided nature trails, which combine short walks with game drives, make for a popular family choice.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019