The family-run Okonjima Nature Reserve rests at the foot of the sandstone Omboroko Mountains, equi-distance between Windhoek, and Etosha National Park. Spanning over 200 km², this vast private reserve is equally known for frequent leopard, brown hyena and pangolin sightings, as well as being home to the AfriCat Foundation, an organization committed to the conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores.

Okonjima offers a number of excellent accommodation options.  Rebuilt and renamed in 2014, Okonjima Plains Camp is the main lodge offering 30 guest rooms, with a contemporary fresh feel. In addition to the guest rooms, the Plains Camp Barn is an entertainment area and gathering place that includes a dining and lounge area, a bar and a swimming pool, all of which overlook a waterhole and the Okonjima plains. It works particularly well for families.

For those looking for a more intimate camp, Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp offers eight circular chalets and one honeymoon suite, a fabulous combination of earthy, ochre walls and khaki-green canvas, under a thatched roof. A large swimming pool and a central guest ‘Lapa’ complete the camp set up, which has the atmosphere of a traditional luxury safari camp. Bush Camp guests can also visit their camp’s nocturnal hide, where they may see some after-dinner activity from porcupines, honey badgers and caracals, among other night-time animal species.

Finally for the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity, take your pick from the Private Bush Suite or the Okonjima Villa. With two bedrooms and four bedrooms respectively, these are sold on an exclusive use basis and come with a private chef, guide and safari vehicle.

Game drives and guided bush walks offer visitors an intimate, up-close perspective of Namibia’s wildlife, especially its most protected species, with a focus on tracking the elusive leopard, many of which wear radio collars for research purposes. Nocturnal drives are also popular, as well fantastic bird watching and the opportunity to embark on the Bushman Trail, during which guests can experience a day in the life of a San Bushman. And no stay is complete without visiting the Africat Carnivore Care and Information Centre to learn more about their invaluable conservation efforts.