Okonjima Plains Camp
₤ 131 (Pps)
- Okonjima is a fascinating educational experience
- Large swimming pool in attractive gardens
Okonjima Plains Camp lies in the Omboroko Mountains of the Central Highlands of Namibia. Probably its biggest claim to fame is that it is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit project to preserve and rehabilitate the large cats of Namibia, mainly leopard. It offers the rare opportunity to view and learn about cheetah and leopard. After dinner you can visit the hide to spot night creatures like caracal, porcupine or honey-badgers.
Okonjima Plains Camp offers 10 luxurious spacious View rooms. The View rooms are all set about 20 - 70 meters apart and some distance form the main area. With 2 double beds, mini-fridge to store drinks, coffee/tea facilities, a large veranda with day beds and wheelchair ramp.
Furthermore the 14 chalets on a small ridge with elevated views over the waterhole and savanna grasslands are beautifully appointed. With a small veranda, mini-fridge to store drinks, coffee/tea facilities, ceiling-fan, safe and a bathroom twin basins and large shower. These are all well-spaced about 10 metres apart. It is family friendly and wheelchair accessible.
Okonjima Plains Camp has a new lapa (main lodge area), swimming pool and outside sitting area. Plains Camp is offered on a DBB basis and then you pay for whatever extra activities you take.
We definitely recommend a two night stay at Okonjima Plains Camp because of all the activities on offer and also because this is such a lovely place to spend time. If you stay for one night, you generally will experience a visit to 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 meet the ambassador cheetahs at close range.
If you are staying two nights at Okonjima Plains Camp, you will also have the opportunity to take the highly informative Bushman trail where you get to learn about the art of making traditional artifacts and how the San adapt and survive in an unforgiving wilderness environment; and take one of the self-guided walking trails. Night drives and visits to the Rare & Endangered Species Trust (REST) are also available.
Okonjima Plains Camp on the map
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14 Standard Rooms, with a view across the Okonjima Plains. Each room has a small verandah, a wheel-chair friendly ramp and the rooms are set 15m - 20m apart.The rooms each have 2 double beds, a mini-fridge for own use, a coffee/tea station, 2 roof-fans, twin basins and a large shower, a safe for valuables and a telephone to contact reception.
10 View Rooms, upmarket, exclusive and spacious, with a view across the Okonjima plains.Each room has a large verandah, a wheel-chair friendly ramp and the rooms are set 25m - 75m apart.The rooms each have 2 double beds, a desk and comfortable reading chair, a large verandah, a mini-fridge for own use, a coffee/tea station, 2 roof-fans, twin basins and a large, twin shower, a safe for valuables and a telephone to contact reception.The new, exclusive View Rooms are more spacious than the Standard Rooms and are set further apart, providing more privacy.
The six affordable Garden Rooms are closely situated to one another within the original homestead garden, yet have no wilderness view. They overlook the lapa, which has a tea/coffee station. They are not wheelchair accessible and each have 2 double beds. All lodge facilities, such as activities, meals, bar service and curio shop, are available from the Plains Camp Barn 700 metres away.
Tracking cheetah at Okonjima Plains Camp
Namibia is just one of those countries that has so much to offer, especially when it comes to landscapes and beautiful sunsets. I really enjoyed my visit to Okonjima Plains Camp. Tracking the leopards and cheetah was the highlights of my trip.
We were in the Standard Rooms but these were very spacious with two x double beds, dressing area behind the beds (which I always like as the travelling baggage and clutter is hidden away), bathroom with a HUGE shower and twin basins, and a sepatate enclosed toilet. But to be noted for summer visitors. There was NO air conditioning only ceiling fans.
I loved the variety of activities on offer. We did the Leopard tracking by vehicle the evening and cheetah tracking by vehicle in the morning; followed by a visit to the AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre for a talk on the foundation and projects. Very informative and great for older kids.
All in all, an excellent lodge. The staff and food were great. They were very friendly and accommodating.