Accommodation rating: Superior
Okonjima Bush Camp is situated in a wilderness area approximately 3km from the main camp. There are eight luxury thatched African chalets and one honeymoon suite. All chalets are between 80 metres and 100 metres apart from each other. For those who wish to feel the closeness of nature, the front canvas panelling may be rolled up, inviting visitors to enjoy their own ‘bushveld’ vista. In front of each chalet, a birdbath is visited by a variety of birds and small mammals. The camp has a secluded swimming pool, a curio-shop, a cosy lounge with a rustic inside fireplace, an outside fireplace, a kitchen and dining area, all overlooking a waterhole.
Okonjima activities include visiting the AfriCat Information and Carnivore Care Centre, which offers an insight into the work of the AfriCat Foundation and the opportunity to radio-track leopards from the safety of a 4x4 vehicle. The leopards roam freely and catch their own prey within the 20,000-hectare Okonjima Nature Reserve. Okonjima Bush Camp as a noctural hide where, after dinner, guests may view nightlife such as porcupines, honey-badgers and caracals.
If you are staying for 2 nights or longer there is also a guided Bushman Trail. It is an easy walking, informative trail and focuses on the art of making traditional artifacts and how the San adapt and survive in an unforgiving wilderness environment. Again, for those staying 2 nights or longer it is also possible to participate on foot in the radio-tracking of the rehabilitated spotted hyenas on the Large Carnivore Tracking Trail. In addition, and time allowing, it is also possible to radio-track rehabilitated cheetahs and wild dogs on foot on the Large Carnivore Tracking Trail.
After brunch, it is possible to go on one of the self-guided walking trails or do some birding. These trails are between 4km and 6km long and are perfect for those who want to spend some time in the solitude of the Okonjima wilderness. There are 250-plus bird species in the area including Carp's black tits Hartlaub's francolins and Damara rock runners - all Namibian endemics.
After dinner, guests are invited to join a guided night drive (at additional cost).
Please call 020 3813 2966 for more information or to make a booking.