Okonjima Plains Camp
The largest, newest and most affordable of Okonjima's accommodation options
Okonjima Plains Camp
Okonjima Plains Camp has been built on the site of the owner's original farmhouse. Recently reopened following a dramatic face lift, the 'Barn' doors, the nickname for the main area of the camp, were officially thrown open in mid-2014. It offers comfortable and stylish accommodation for guests visiting the AfriCat Foundation project. With twenty-four rooms, it's a larger camp than we would usually recommend, but if you are interested in big cats and seeing how the world's most successful research and rehabilitation project works in practice, a 2 night stay here is a must.
At the lodge
The main area is fondly referred to as the 'Barn'. With its high ceiling, exposed brickwork, polished concrete floors and floor-to-ceiling glass frontage, it has a very contemporary and open feel. There is a reception, bar, curio shop and restaurant with plenty of tables inside and outside, where it is split level. Whilst it doesn't have the immediate intimacy of the smaller camps on the Okonjima reserve, there are little personal touches like framed family photographs.
There are twenty-four rooms in total; fourteen Standard Rooms and ten Mountain View Rooms, the latter being brand new and the larger of the two options, they are also set further apart from each other than the Standard Room so offer more privacy. Both room types have en suite showers, ceiling fans and telephones. There are also six Garden Rooms, these are reserved for use during conferences and research presentations.
Most guests visit Okonjima to learn about the highly successful AfriCat foundation, a not-for-profit organisation set up to support long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores, now the largest leopard and cheetah rescue and relocation programme in the world. Activities include tracking cheetah, leopard and hyenas, whilst seeing other wildlife on the reserve, Bushman trails, self-guided walking trails, night hide, birding and visits to the care and research centre.