Okonjima is the home of AfriCat, a non-profit organisation committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores. AfriCat is the world's largest Leopard rescue & release programme.
Okonjima Nature Reserve will no longer be used as a release site for rehabilitated, raised or captive held Cheetahs.
Plains Camp was the original Hanssen-family farmhouse, reconstructed as a lodge in 1993. All 6 double rooms are situated around a lush garden and overlook the open-fire entertainment area. The 10 new, luxury rooms all have a bush view, 3 of them overlooking a waterhole. Each room has a verandah and wheel-chair friendly ramp and the rooms are set 15-20m apart, all some distance from the Boma and Lapa area. Each room has 2 double beds, a mini-fridge to store drinks, a coffee/tea station, a roof-fan, twin basins and a larger shower.
Visitors are invited to participate on foot in the radio-tracking of the rehabilitated leopards and Spotted Hyaenas on the Tracking Trail within the 4,500 and 16,000 hectare rehabilitation nature reserves. At the nocturnal hide, visitors may view after-dinner 'nightlife' such as porcupine, honey-badgers and caracal, amongst others.
The Bushman Trail constitutes an easy walking trail and is highly informative. Guests can learn about the art of making traditional artefacts and how the San people adapt and survive in an unforgiving wilderness environment. There are self-guided walking trails of up to 8km for guests who want to spend some time alone in the solitude of the Okonjima wilderness.
Birding here is excellent with more than 250+ species found in the area, including some of the Namibian endemics – Carp's Black Tit, Hartlaub's Francolin and the Damara Rock Runner.