Okonjima Reserve, Namibia
West of the Waterberg Plateau, nestled among ancient sandstone outcrops within the Omboroko Mountains, lies Okonjima – “Place of the Baboons.” Okonjima is also home to the AfriCat Foundation, dedicated to conservation of Namibia’s big carnivores, especially cheetahs and leopards. Within the Okonjima complex, the Luxury Bush Camp is situated at the edge of a vast wilderness area, two miles from the main camp, for the ultimate in seclusion and proximity only to nature. The camp adjoins the reserve in which AfriCat releases large carnivores to hone their hunting skills away from conflicts with local livestock.
Despite the wild setting, the camp’s deluxe accommodations redefine any preconceived notion of ‘roughing it.’ Eight individual chalets and one ultra-luxury suite are situated approximately 100 yards apart from one another for complete privacy. Combining earthy ochre walls, khaki canvas and African-style furniture and art beneath a traditional thatched roof, each chalet holds a host of amenities. All have one queen and one 3/4-bed, en suite bathroom facilities including toilets and hot-water showers, a mini-bar, private safe for valuables, kettle for early morning tea or coffee, and a telephone. The front canvas panel of each chalet can be rolled up to unveil a 180-degree bushveld view, as well as an individual birdbath in front of each unit that draws birds and small mammals for up-close observation.
The public areas include a spacious ‘camelthorn’-shaped lapa that encompasses the reception area and curio shop, a cozy lounge with a rustic indoor fireplace, kitchen and dining area, an outdoor fireplace and swimming pool – all overlooking a waterhole where wildlife congregates.