A reasonably recent addition to Okonjima’s highly rated portfolio of lodges, camps and suites , and located west of the Waterberg plateau, in among the Omboroko mountains, roughly half way between Windhoek and Eshota, Okonjima Bush Camp is a first rate luxury camp.
Situated 3 km from Okonjima Main Camp, overlooking a waterhole, the camp’s design takes its inspiration from the Namibia’s camelthorn tree, and consists of a main lodge and 9 sleeping rooms. Largely open sided, and characterised by polished floors, handwoven rugs, a fragment of fencing, a sunken, circular seating area, exposed black beams, an open fire and a large cavernous ceiling, the main building or lapa includes a bar and dining area, while outside there is extensive decking, a firepit and pool. The food is – as is common throughout Okonjima’s properties – excellent, beautifully presented, served, and snacks are available throughout the day.
Raised on a stone platform, circular, thatched and painted brown, 8 of the sleeping rooms are standard size, possess mainly canvas walls, which can be rolled up during the day, and include a double bed, seating area and separate bathroom. Marked by the same polished floors, and by open plan set up divided by waist high walls, the rooms are attractive, homely and contain simple but beautifully made pieces of furniture – the bedfoot storage chest being a case in point. The 9th room, the honeymoon suite, is altogether different, and – with 2 queen-size beds, patio, sliding doors, separate lounge and bathroom – is much bigger, and that bit more private.
Activities include leopard viewing, cheetah and brown hyena tracking, visiting and learning about the Africat Foundation, bushman trails, bird viewing and nocturnal wildlife viewing.
THE AFRICAT FOUNDATION IS COMMITTED TO THE LONG-TERM CONSERVATION OF NAMIBIA’S LARGE CARNIVORES
R E S C U E & R E L E A S E
AfriCat works closely with communal and commercial livestock farmers, assisting in alleviating losses from predator intrusion by providing a rescue-and-release and relocation programme.
Since 1993 AfriCat has rescued over 1000 cheetahs and leopards on Namibian farmland.
Over 85% of these animals have been returned to the wild.
H U M A N – WI L D L I F E C O N F L I C T M I T I G A T I O N
& C O M M U N I T Y S U P P O R T
AfriCat supports commercial (free-hold) and the communal farming communities of northern Namibia, specifically those bordering the Etosha National Park, in dealing with human/wildlife conflict issues and predator intrusion. In general, instead of predator removal as a method of conflict mitigation, AfriCat now offers farmers a variety of effective farm-management techniques to better protect their livestock.
R E S E A R C H
AfriCat supports an ongoing collaboration with researchers, scientists and the conservation authorities by working closely with farming communities, allowing for constructive research to take place in support of the long-term conservation of Namibia’s predators.
W E L F A R E
AfriCat provides a home, food and care for young, orphaned or injured animals until they can be rehabilitated and released back into the wild.
The AfriCat Environmental Education Programme aims to inform and empower Namibia’s youth about large carnivores, conservation and the Namibian environment.
The objectives of the Environmental Education Programme, based on the 1997 UNESCO-UNEP Environmental Education objectives, are as follows:
• Awareness: an appreciation of and sensitivity towards large carnivores, all living things, the environment and their associated problems.
• Knowledge: to include knowledge of large carnivores, environment and basic ecology. To include knowledge of social, economic and political natures related to environmental problems and alternative solutions.
• Attitudes: To raise concern about problems, values, personal responsibility and willingness to participate/act.
• Skills: To include critical thinking skills and problem solving skills.
• Participation: To include personal and school based involvement in environmental issues.
THE PERIVOLI – OKONJIMA COUNTRY SCHOOL
This private Perivoli Okonjima Country School should form the basis for future mobile and stationary play-and pre-school as well as lower primary systems, in support of the rural child. When pre-school preparation is adequate, more children will be able to adapt to the ever-increasing demands of the Namibian school curriculum.
We shall ensure that our school will not only be an academic platform but a sound foundation for environmental education. This will create a balance of understanding and contribute to long term wildlife conservation through inspired leaders.