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Okonjima Plains Camp, Central Highlands

Headquarters of the renowned AfriCat Foundation, a stay at the family-owned Okonjima Plains Camp promises you some outstanding big cat sightings.

The camp lies within the protected wilderness of the Okonjima Nature Reserve – a 200 square kilometre expanse of rolling plains, riverine thickets and rocky outcrops where you’ll find cheetah, brown hyena and a healthy population of leopard. Stay at least two nights to enjoy encounters with a variety of other wildlife and endemic birds on both game drives and guided bush walks. You can also spend time exploring self-guided nature trails and learning more about the work of the AfriCat Foundation. After an active day, enjoy a drink in the lounge or cool off by the sparkling swimming pool. 

The camp itself is made up of a three-tier barn structure, a nod to Okonjima’s cattle farming history, with an expansive dining and lounge area with stunning views of the surrounding plains through floor-to-ceiling windows. Of the 24 rooms, the aptly named ‘View Rooms’ are the largest, with generously sized verandas overlooking the grassy plains. Each room has between 20 and 70 metres of space around it to ensure total privacy, as well as lovely ensuite bathrooms. 

Okonjima Plains Camp, at a glance 

  • Laidback safari camp set amidst the beautiful Okonjima Nature Reserve 
  • Creative design reminiscent of a cattle ranch, a nod to the cattle-farming history of the Hanssen family who own the camp 
  • Centre of the AfriCat Foundation whose mission is the preservation of Namibia’s wild carnivores 
  • Guests have the choice of 14 Standard Rooms, 10 View Rooms and 6 Garden Rooms
  • All are spacious and tastefully appointed with wooden African artwork, vibrantly coloured giraffe carvings and woollen rugs 
  • Huge windows let in natural light and fabulous views across the grassy plains 
  • Private verandas are strewn with comfortable canvas chairs or day beds
  • The main guest area, known as the ‘Barn’, is fitted with polished concrete floors, exposed beams and floor-to-ceiling glass windows 

For leisure and pleasure

  • Enjoy spectacular leopard, brown hyena and cheetah sightings on guided morning and afternoon game drives 
  • Spot rare nocturnal creatures, including aardwolves and bat-eared foxes, on a guided 4WD night drive 
  • Learn more about the day in the life of a San Bushman
  • Go bird watching along well marked self-guided hiking trails in the surrounding area
  • Get a valuable insight into the work of the AfriCat Foundation at the AfriCat’s Carnivore Care and Information Centre
  • Enjoy a swim in the small but sparkling pool framed by manicured lawns and sun loungers 
  • Browse the curio shop 
  • Renowned wildlife photography destination 
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  • I do not think that we have ever had so much care and attention from a travel company, which just goes to show that (in a good way), you do get what you pay for.

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    DL, Morocco