Highlights of Okonjima Bush Lodge
- The place to see leopards and cheetahs close up
- Okonjima is a fascinating educational experience
- Romantic semi-open spacious chalets
- Large swimming pool with partly shaded deck
- Attractive public areas decorated in an African style
Okonjima Bush Lodge lies in the Omboroko Mountains of the Central Highlands of Namibia. Probably its biggest claim to fame is that it’s home to the AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit project to preserve and rehabilitate the large cats of Namibia, mainly cheetah and leopard. It offers the rare opportunity to view and learn about cheetah and leopard at close range in their natural habitat – perhaps track leopards in the rehabilitation area, radio-track cheetah on foot or visit the cheetah project.
Bush Lodge is the more luxurious of the two main camps at Okonjima and offers 8 well-spaced, and therefore secluded, chalets, as well as a new honeymoon junior suite. Each circular chalet is attractively decorated in an African style with a cosy seating area with day bed and mini-bar, tea/coffee facilities and a bedroom with views over the grasslands and behind the bedroom area is the dressing area and bathroom with shower and enclosed loo. The canvas sides can be raised so that you have glorious open views of the surrounding bush. The luxury honeymoon suite boasts two double beds (why???), bath, outside shower and fireplace for those cool Namibian winter evenings.
There’s a very attractive main area (lapa) decorated in African style, overlooking a waterhole. Close by is a large swimming pool, deck and shaded area with sun loungers.
Activities at Okonjima
We definitely recommend a two night stay at Okonjima because of all the activities on offer. If you stay for one night, you generally will experience leopard tracking on the first afternoon. After dinner you can visit the hide to spot night creatures like caracal, porcupine or honey-badgers. On the following morning, you would visit the Africat Carnivore Care Project which gives you a valuable insight into the work of the AfriCat project as well as a chance to see cheetahs at close range.
If you are staying two nights at Okonjima Bush Lodge, you will also have the opportunity to track cheetahs and/or wild dogs on the Large Carnivore Tracking Trail; take the highly informative Bushman trail where you get to learn about the art of making traditional artefacts and how the San adapt and survive in an unforgiving wilderness environment; or take one of the self-guided walking trails. Night drives and visits to the Rare & Endangered Species Trust (REST) are available at an extra cost.