Accommodation rating: Exceptional
Okonjima: The Villa overlooks a natural waterhole and is situated in a secluded wilderness area approximately 10 km from the main camp. The Villa has two separate private suites and two en suite bedrooms in the main house, which together can accommodate groups of up to eight adults and four children.
The graceful main house has an up-to-date, chef-designed kitchen, a spacious lounge and dining area with an open, wood-burning fireplace, two en suite bedrooms with an indoor and an outdoor shower as well as a bath with a view, and a magnificent infinity pool.
The two separate thatched suites are situated approximately 35 metres to 50 metres away on either side of the main house and are complemented by a well-stocked minibar and the choice of either an inside or an outside bush-shower.
A personal host or hostess and chef is available as well as an exclusive guide and safari-drive vehicle. The pace and the mix of activities can be tailor-made to each small group.
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.
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.