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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.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.
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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. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.
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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you.

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