- Self-catering camp
- Swimming pool, hot showers
- Nature walks, game drives
- Leopard programme, AfriCat centre
Okonjima Camp lies west of the Waterberg Plateau where the vast, rolling plains are occasionally interrupted by the remnants of ancient Sandstone outcrops which once covered large areas of Northern Namibia. Nestled among the Omboroko Mountains lies Okonjima – a Herero name meaning Place of the Baboons, and this simple, self-catering camp is a superb, budget-friendly base from which to spot some of the best game in the region including rare species such as rhino, brown hyena and pangolin. Wild dogs are also prevalent in the reserve, and if lucky, the elusive leopard might even reveal itself.
There are four private campsites which all share one private swimming pool. Each of the four camps offers a private, open-air shower with hot water, private open-air flush toilet/s, a washing-up area under a roof with a power point to charge batteries and a light. Campers must provide and prepare all of their own food and drink, and there is a lovely viewpoint for sundowners. Two bundles of fire wood are provided at no extra charge and one fixed light per campsite for cooking plus one plug point is available for charging of fridges, cameras, cell phones etc. None of the lodge facilities are open or available to campers except the curio-shop.
There are a number of activities on offer in the reserve. Self-guided walking trails in the surrounding mountains or in the bush-veldt are free of charge. Today’s visitors are privileged to have the opportunity to participate in the ‘Okonjima Experience’, a long-term project relating to the sustainability of the local leopard populations where visitors collect and collate key 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.
- Intense wildlife viewing
- Nature trails on foot and in vehicles
- AfriCat carnivore care centre
- Leopard sustainability programme
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
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