Part of the Okonjima portfolio, and located west of the Waterberg plateau, in among the Omboroko muontains, roughly half way between Windhoek and Eshota, Okonjima Villa is a luxury private house.
Situated overlooking a waterhole, Okonjima Villa is a thatch and stone build with space for, at a push, 12 – 8 adults and 4 children. Booked on an exclusive basis, the villa is large, spacious and wonderfully private. Consisting of a main house and 4 suites, it is accessed by way of the main camp, whereupon registered guests are driven 10 km through the reserve, to be received by a the villa’s staff, led by the host and its chef, who are responsible for the property’s everyday needs. The shared areas include a kitchen, lounge, dining area, decking, sala and pool. Characterised my polished stone floors, exposed beams and great ceilings, the villa’s design is decidedly safari chic, with ornate carvings, large lion photographs, painted pottery and African patterns dominating, while the furniture is composed of leather sofas, found wood tables and the odd wicker chair.
The suites are wonderful. Two are attached to the main house, and each of these includes a split level (with room for a single bed), a double bed, seating, a private verandha and en-suite bathroom. The rooms are minimalist in design, their cool stone floors offset by a beige colour scheme, and the bathrooms – large baths, double sinks, shower and flush toilet – are spacious. Equally fine, the other 2 suites are situated 30 m to the north and south of the main house, and are accessed by means of a stone walkway. Slightly larger, each includes a separate lounge, double bed, a verandha, en-suite bathroom and acres of room within which to change and store personal. The beds here can be moved outside for those wishing to spend the night under the stars.
The property comes with its own private guide and vehicle. 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.