Okonjima The Grand African Villa Otjiwarongo
Okonjima is run by the Hanssen family. Wayne, Donna and Rosalea Hanssen bought Okonjima from their parents, Val and Rose, in 1993 and turned the farm into a well-known conservation project.
Okonjima is the home of the AfriCat Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the rescue and preservation of Namibia’s big cat population. It has rescued over 1000 big cats since 1993 and released 86% of them back into the wild.
Okonjima African Villa is situated 10 km from Okonjima Plains Camp (the main camp). The villa is the only accommodation that is located within the wildlife reserve.
The African Villa actually comprises a main house and two separate, private suites "North" and "South", which sit a distance of 40 metres away at either side of the house. The main house offers a kitchen, dining room, lounge with fireplace and two further en-suite bedrooms. The villa offers space for a total of eight adults and four children. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning/heating, ventilators, WiFi and Internet connection. The villa also boasts a large pool. In front of the villa a big waterhole attracts various wildlife.
The villa can be booked on exclusive basis but is often offered on a room basis and then works like a small, intimate lodge.
Okonjima offers three further accommodation options:
Read more about Okonjima Plains Camp
Read more about Okonjima Bush Camp
Read more about the Okonjima Bush Suite
Located 48 km south of Otjiwarongo, Okonjima sits 24 km west of the main highway at the end of a gravel road. It is the perfect place to break the journey between Etosha and Windhoek.
Windhoek International Airport is some three hours away; Etosha National Park is approximately four hours away. Okonjima can also be reached by plane and is a popular destination on fly-in safaris as well.
Okonjima has its own 200 km² wildlife reserve which is home to cheetah, leopard, hyena, wild dog, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, oryx, and various other species of antelope.
Several of the cats in the reserve are fitted with tracking collars, which makes them very easy to find. Leopard can therefore easily be encountered during game drives. Cheetah, wild dog and hyena can be tracked on foot during one of the bushwalks.
There are three walks to choose from, varying in length from between 1.5 and 4 hours. Antelope often cross guests’ path and a climb up a small mountain is rewarded by fantastic panoramic views of the bush savannah’s sweeping plains stretching as far as Waterberg.