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Female leopard resting and yawning in Okonjima Nature Reserve, Namibia

Okonjima Nature Reserve

Located midway between Windhoek and Etosha National Park, the Okonjima Nature Reserve was established as a protected area in which orphaned cats can be rehabilitated.

Covering a vast area of wild savannah and entirely fenced in, this important reserve is home to leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas and wild dogs. Founded by AfriCat, Okonjima is part of a greater conservation project.

The rehabilitated carnivores roam freely within, but radio-tracking, health checks and research gathering are all part of a concerted effort to learn more about these threatened species.

Interior Room View, Okonjima Lodge, Otjiwarongo, Namibia
Okonjima Plains Camp, Namibia

Okonjima Plains Camp

Okonjima Plains Camp is nestled amongst the Ombokoro Mountains – a Herero name meaning, ‘place of the baboons’. The camp is family-run and is also the home of the AfriCat Foundation, a charitable organisation that rescues and relocates cheetahs, leopards and other predators.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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