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Okonjima Bushcamp, Central Highlands, Namibia

Our rating: Deluxe

Okonjima is located in the Omboroko Mountains, owned by the Hanssen family and the home of the Africat Foundation, which aims to rescue, relocate and rehabilitate cheetah and leopard. Okonjima own several farms up in the mountains, split into very large enclosures where cheetah and leopard roam. They offer an excellent program and the perfect place to get close to big cats and learn about them. Photographers will appreciate the chance to get some dramatic close up shots.

There are two lodges on the farm, Okonjima Main Camp and Bush Camp, with the Bush Camp offering the higher standards of luxury. The nine rooms are in huge clay rondavels with a king-sized bed, small living room with a third bed / sofa, minibar, safe, ceiling fan, stylish furniture and large sparkling en-suite bathrooms. There are crisp linens, soft fluffy blankets, stylish African art and impressive photographs of the cats on the walls. Room 9 is the newest of the rooms with a few extras - this room is used at Okonjima's discretion for repeat and long-stay guests.

The main lodge has a large dining room, cozy lounge with open fire and swimming pool outside. All in all, it's a very beautiful property. These include drives to track the leopard and view the cheetah and leopards, and the opportunity to learn about the Africat work. Guests can also visit the night hide which is frequented by porcupine and other nocturnal animals.

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