Set on reclaimed farmland, the substantial Okonjima Reserve is home to the Africat Foundation, a major animal rehabilitation project. Amongst other activities, guests are offered the opportunity to follow radio-collared cheetahs on foot, leopards and hyenas by vehicle
Situated halfway between the capital Windhoek and the Etosha National Park, is the 55,000 acre Okonjima Game Reserve home of the AfriCat Foundation famous for rehabilitating cheetahs, wild dogs hyaenas and leopards and crucial for the welfare of carnivores in Namibia. Since 1993 they have managed to rescue, rehabilitate and release over 1000 cheetah back into the wild.
Okojima higlights the importance of conservation and tourism working hand in hand. Whist staying here there are unique opportunities to see rehabilitated carnivores in their natural environment. Walking safaris are encouraged whilst staying here and approaching big cats on foot, with expereinced guides is very exciting. As well as seeing cats in the wild, a tour of the recuse centre is also advised and it gives a good insight into the conservation initiatives at Okonjima. Although it doesn't feel as wild as some parks in Africa, Okonjima is the photographers dream due the close proxitmy one can get to the carnivores whilst still being in their natural enviroment.
There are a number of different places to stay at Okonjima. If it’s a luxury safari you are looking for, then Okonjima has a Villa and Bush Suite where you will be truly spoiled, with your own chef and safari vehicle. There is accommodation to suit all budgets, from a private camp site to real safari lodges, but wherever you stay on Okonjima, you will be guaranteed an African safari to remember.