Up there – in terms of luxury – with Okonjima’s Villa, and located west of the Waterberg plateau, in among the Omboroko mountains, roughly half way between Windhoek and Eshota, in Okonjima, just off the shoulder of Okonjima Bush Camp, Okanjima Bush Suite is a first rate private property.
A multi-peaked stone and thatch build, situated overlooking a waterhole, and backed by the area’s mountain range, Bush Suite is a beautiful 2 bedroom cottage. Booked exclusively, it would suit a family or group of 4, and comes with its own chef, host and guide. Marked by an unforgettable approach (a series of giant hollowed out spherical shapes, one of which acts as an arched gateway to the cottage itself), the shared areas consist of a swimming pool, dining area, lounge, kitchen and sala. Open sided and decorated in much the same vein as the Villa, the lounge and dining area is characterised by an open logfire, muted colours, sunken leather sofas and wall filled with randomly shaped alcoves – designed to act as shelves or show of various bits of art.
The bedrooms are a joy. Here the colour scheme is much paler, ranges from white through to grey, and is nicely underlined by the use of lighter coloured woods. Each room includes 2 pushed together queen-size beds, a dressing table, seating, plenty of room, a separate bathroom, a flush toilet plus bidet and a private verandha. The rooms are equipped with a host of mod cons – wi-fi, cell phone reception – and with beds that can be rolled out onto the verandha – high living indeed.
Activities include leopard viewing, cheetah and brown hyena tracking, bushman trails, learning about Africat’s work, bird viewing and nocturnal widelife 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.