Okonjima Plains Camp: The Lowdown

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Okonjima has long been known as the home of the wonderful AfriCat Foundation. When people don’t want to be casual bystanders on their visit to Namibia, this is where we recommend. Okonjima is the place to learn about big cats and get under the skin of modern-day conservation work.

What’s Okonjima Plains Camp really like?

Plains Camp is one of the larger lodges on the Okonjima Nature Reserve. There’re 6 basic ensuite Garden Rooms, 14 standard rooms and ten view rooms with a bit more space and privacy than the standard rooms. The décor here is “modern African”- light, bright, and colourful- a refreshing change from the rustic design we’ve seen so often elsewhere. The hub of the lodge is the Barn, where you’ll eat your meals (good wholesome grub rather than gourmet cuisine) and can a dip in the pool on hot afternoons.

What can I do at Okonjima Plains Camp? 

Although we took some of our best big cat photos ever here, in our opinion it’s best not to view Okonjima as a safari, rather as adding an extra level of understanding to your experience in the bush. The cats here are in rehab, so live in large enclosures. Guests can go out with the guides who monitor the cats (and other predators) with radio-collars, or visit the AfriCat conservation centre to learn about the Foundation’s work. Alternative you can track cats or hyena on foot, or enjoy some hiking in the surrounding area- something we’d wholeheartedly recommend after a few long drives!

Giving back at Okonjima Plains Camp: Okonjima’s very purpose is to promote the long term conservation of Namibia’s large predators. The AfriCat Foundation researching carnivore behaviour, rehabilitating captive animals, and by educating visitors and the local community about these wonderful creatures. A contribution from your stay goes directly towards educational projects and protecting the Okonjima Nature Reserve.

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