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 by polished stone floors and exposed beams, the villa’s design is decidedly safari chic. Ornate carvings, large lion photographs, painted pottery and African patterns dominate, while the furniture is composed of leather sofas, found wood tables and the odd wicker chair.
Food & service
The Villa’s private chef and host ensure that guests are truly looked after, both in terms of cuisine and everyday assistance.
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 veranda and an 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 (slightly larger) suites are situated 30 m to the north and south of the main house, and are accessed by means of a stone walkway. 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, each utilising the guide’s expert knowledge.