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  • The bush walks are incredible – it's not unusual to get close to cheetahs and cubs for some first-class photography
  • The important conservation programmes being run – the camp really make an effort to preserve its beautiful surrounds
  • The rooms open up towards the bush for a perfect view in the morning

Home to the AfriCat Foundation, Okonjima Bush Camp provides its guests with the chance to get up close and personal with Namibia’s Big Cats including cheetah and the elusive leopard. Luxurious accommodation is in thatched African-style chalets, with open fronts affording sweeping views across the Omboroko Mountains and the Waterberg Plateau Park.

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In more detail

Okonjima is set on reclaimed farmland in the Otjiwarongo area of Northcentral Namibia, midway between Windhoek and the Etosha National Park. It’s home to the AfriCat Foundation, helping to protect and rehabilitate big cats including lion, leopard and cheetah. The accommodation is gorgeous, with just eight charming African-style thatched ensuite chalets and one honeymoon suite arranged around a natural watering hole with plenty of space between each one for privacy.

The large rooms are equipped with minibars, in-rooms safes and have ensuite bedrooms with two queen beds leading to a living area with comfy leather sofas. The lounges are open to the front so you can enjoy all the sights and sounds of the surrounding bush; a nice touch is a bird bath in the front of each chalet so birds and small mammals can be seen taking a dip. Back inside the décor is earthy ochre tones, with more than a hint of rustic luxury.

The main lodge has a delightful 13m pool for cooling off in and a cosy dining area with an open fire while the lounge provides an extremely comfortable space to relax after the day’s adventures in the wilderness. The food served is distinctively African, often cooked on an open fire for that authentic taste. Activities at the camp include game drives or tracking on foot to hunt down elusive leopards and cheetahs using signals from their radio collars. There is also a Bushman trail to explore and plenty of birding opportunities in the surrounding Namibian plains.


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