AfriCat Okonjima
Okonjima Plains Camp

Originally set up as a guest farm by a cattle-herding family, Okonjima Plains Camp is a family-friendly retreat in the heart of the wild Namibian bush.

It’s just one of the accommodation options of the wider Okonjima Bush Camp, a collection of lodges, suites and villas scattered through the sprawling Okonjima Nature Reserve, which is home to a vast array of wildlife including rescued cheetahs and leopards. For big cat encounters with family-friendly touches and a luxurious feel, this is just the ticket.

Facilities & Activities

At the heart of the Plains Camp, the barn is a communal entertainment area with wood burners, plenty of seating and far-reaching views of the nature reserve. There are rolled-up blankets for chillier evenings or dining al fresco. Other facilities include wifi, a bar, a swimming pool and a small shop selling handicrafts.

You could happily spend your time simply relaxing at the lodge, watching the wildlife from the window – but the activities are what most people come for, in particular the big cats. Game drives and guided bush walks can be arranged and offer up-close encounters with Namibia’s wildlife and most protected species.

Okonjima’s AfriCat Foundation is dedicated to the conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores – especially cheetahs and leopards – and the Day Centre is a good place to learn more about these endangered predators.

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Dining

Meals at Plains Camp are served inside the main barn, a large building with high ceilings, exposed brick walls, archways and lots of lovely light flooding in through large windows. It also has a patio for al fresco dining with a great view. Breakfast is buffer-style while dinner is a table service affair. Options range from freshly baked warm muffins and locally-sourced bacon at breakfast to sandwiches, salads, lasagne and oryx steak at dinner. The daily cakes for afternoon tea are perfect for refuelling after a morning game drive or bush walk. Coffee, tea and fruit are available throughout the day.

 

Rooms

Whichever room type you pick, you’ll feel immersed in the nature around you at Plains Camp. Large, dual-aspect windows look out onto the wilderness, while open-air verandahs are set up with tables and chairs for your morning brew with a view.

The 30 rooms are spread over three floors and divided into three categories: Standard Rooms, View Rooms and Garden Rooms. The ten View Rooms offer vistas of the Okonjima grass plains and are set between 20-70 metres apart, offering a sense of privacy. Standard Rooms are slightly smaller, but some can be connected to make a family unit (see more in our Family tab).

Expect earthy tones such as greens and greys, local artwork and bathrooms with double sinks and large walk-in showers. Rooms also feature mini-fridges, roof fans, undercover parking and verandas with daybeds and loungers.

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Family

Families are welcome at Plains Camp, with children ages three and above allowed to stay. Some of the activities have age restrictions – game drives are available for over-fives while guided bush walks are for children aged 12 and above. Babysitting services aren’t available but the staff have a great manner with children and bring the African bush to life for them.

There are good accommodation options for families, including two large family units in Standard Room accommodation, one of which is very close to the main barn. There is also a spacious family unit in the View Rooms category for even more space and proximity to the barn.

Sustainability

Both Okonjima and AfriCat are dedicated to creating conservation awareness through environmental education, preserving habitat and promoting research.

Location

Positioned halfway between Windhoek and the Etosha National Park, Okonjima Lodge sits at the base of the Omboroko Mountains (a Malaria-free zone). The nature reserve lies 30 miles south of the small town of Otjiwaromgo and is around a three-hour drive north of the capital Windhoek. As you approach, it’s a bumpy ride with plenty of opportunities to spot herds of impala, kudu and oryx.

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