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Okonjima Villa
Okonjima Villa
Okonjima Villa
Okonjima Villa
Okonjima Villa

Okonjima Villa: Our full report

Overlooking a small waterhole, Okonjima Villa is about 10km from Okonjima's Plains Camp and its Bush Camp.

The Okonjima reserve is home to the AfriCat Foundation, and visitors here get the chance to view some of Namibia's large cats and other carnivores and learn about their conservation.

The Okonjima Nature Reserve no longer acts as a release site for former captive cheetahs, therefore cheetah tracking is no longer offered as an activity. Please see the activities section below, for more information on this as well as the other activities on offer.

The villa has two separate, private suites, together with a 'main house' which contains two bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom. This whole 'villa' is kept for the exclusive use of one group – and can accommodate up to eight adults.

The lovely main house has two bedrooms each have their own en suite bathrooms, which have indoor and outdoor showers, and a bath with a very special view. Plus a large lounge and dining area, complete with an open, wood-burning fireplace. The modern kitchen has wine and soft drink coolers, gas and electric cookers, and a large refrigerator.

Outside is a stunning infinity swimming pool, surrounded on three sides by wooden decking, and a walkway to an open, shaded 'sala' – which has a roof fan for the days when the air is still!

The two separate and very stylish thatched suites each stand about 40–50m from the main house; one on each side. They have air-conditioning, high airy roofs with fans and heating, for the cooler months.

Large, glass-panelled folding doors look out onto spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding area, and these open doorways roll-down canvas gauze screens. Each an internet connection, work spaceand a well-stocked mini bar. The en suite bathroom has inside or outdoor bush-shower – with a view, of course.

A personal host(ess) and chef run the villa, and there's a dedicated guide and 4WD to ensure exclusive activities here – which follow the same patterns that Okonjima follows. So you can walk around the ranch on your own, hop on a guided 4WD, or follow a trail with one of your hosts, who will illustrate the lifestyle of some of the region's original peoples. A night hide helps enormously in spotting elusive nocturnal animals, like honey badger and porcupine.

As of February 2019, cheetah tracking activities are no longer possible on the Okonjima Nature Reserve. We understand that this is because of a lack of success in the survival of former captive cheetahs that were released to live wild in the reserve. These are the animals which are radio-collared to enable the post-release monitoring. Within the large fenced reserve the competition with hyenas and leopards has increased to a point where the Okonjima Nature Reserve has now been judged to be unsuitable for the release of these cheetahs.

Our view

Big cats are the main attraction at Okonjima. Namibia has over 20% of the world's cheetah –and Okonjima is the base for the Africat Foundation, which is devoted to big cats - cheetah, leopard, lion and even caracal. A stay of one or two nights here will usually give you the chance to see big cats close up.

Chris McIntyre

Chris McIntyre

Namibia expert


Okonjima Nature Reserve , Namibia
Ideal length of stay
2-3 nights
48km south of Otjiwarongo on the B1 you will see a clearly marked signpost for Okonjima. Head west for about 24km along this track and follow the sings directing you towards the villa.
Accessible by
Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Full Board & Activities
Food quality
Although we haven't stayed at the villa itself, we know from experience that Okonjima's kitchen produces food of a very high standard.

Food is usually not only excellent, but also very well-presented here, and you have complete control over your eating times, and emnu, if you're staying in the family villa.

Special interests

Photography holidays
For great, close-up shots of the big cats – especially leopard and cheetah – then Okonjima ought to be high on your list.
See ideas for Photography holidays
Wildlife safaris
Okonjima is famed for its work with the big cats, and this is a very exclusive place to stay whilst here. Expert to be able to view big cats at close quarters. Obviously, some are habituated rather than completely wild.
See ideas for Wildlife safaris
Private villas & houses
Okonjima Villa is an amazing private villa that is fairly secluded from the main property. Suitable for a group or family of up to eight adults and four children travelling together, it guarantees a very exclusive feel to your stay at Okonjima.
See ideas for Private villas & houses
Okonjima Villa offers the luxury of an exclusive safari holiday and its staff will be there to take care of your individual needs. A sparkling infinity-pool and an outdoor daybed are perfect places to relax after or between the excitements of the day.
See ideas for Luxury


Attitude towards children
No children under the age of 12 are permitted to stay at Okonjima Villa.
Property’s age restrictions
No children under the age of 12 years.

Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Okonjima Villa

Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Okonjima Villa have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.

Brown Hyena

100% success


100% success


100% success


100% success


100% success


100% success


100% success


50% success


50% success


50% success

White Rhino

50% success

Spotted Hyena

0% success

Wild dog

0% success

Health & safety

Medical care
Nearest doctor is in Otjiwarongo.
Dangerous animals
Moderate Risk
Security measures
Armed guards at the entrance gate.
Fire safety
Fire extinguishers in each room and in central areas.


  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching


  • Cultural excursion

    Cultural excursion

  • Mountain biking

    Mountain biking

  • Night drive

    Night drive

  • Self-guided walking

    Self-guided walking


Disabled access
On Request
Accepted payment on location
They accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, Amex, travellers cheques and cash (N$, ZAR, US$, €, £)

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Okonjima Bush Suite

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Bush Suite is a luxurious, private two-bedroom retreat at Okonjima; track cheetah and leopard with your private guide, affording some great photo opportunities.

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