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“Semi-wild Africa, coupled with an urgent mission statement.”

Okonjima Game Reserve
Reviewed 2 January 2014

Okonjima Game Reserve, supervised in cooperation with the AfriCat Foundation is well worth a visit. AfriCat is devoted to rehabilitating injured and abandoned cats, as well as problem cats that have killed farmers' cattle and the like. Obviously, not every cat can be released back into the real wild — not enough unspoken-for space, and too much competition from other, established predators — but Okonjima Game Reserve is a worthy stop-gap measure. A handful of leopards are collard with remote-control tracking devices, which makes them easier to find. It may sound upsetting to purists, but the cats are habituated to vehicles and the guides seem to be well-schooled in not harassing the animals for the sake of a good tourist sighting. My own guides in 6 game drives through the reserve — Martin, Previous and Pieter — were both skilled and informative, and passionate about what they do. I visited in December, 2013: Not everyone will be so lucky, but 2 of the collared leopards have/had cubs, one with a single eight-month-old, and the other with a pair of four-month-old cubs. The cubs are a delightful sighting, because they're restless and hyperactive where adult leopards tend to lie around in dense thorn cover during the heat of day. Okonjima isn't a truly wild experience — the cats are collared and habituated to people, after all — but realistically this is as close as a visitor is ever likely to get to a large, charismatic predator that still hunts its own food. Okonjima may not be completely wild, but it is a very, very different experience from seeing captive cats come running for meat at feeding time, which is what most cat-oriented guest farms in Namibia do.
Also, AfriCat's aim to re-release cats they deem to have a chance of surviving on their own is a worthy project in its own right. Animal lovers can't help but be impressed.

Thank MzunguPhotographer
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

Fantastic accomodation,lovely communal buildings-lounge,restaurant etc.
But the stars are the animals and our friendly, informative guide, Previous. I suggest at least a 2 night stay.

Thank you to you all.

Thank Garrysays
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

We started our Namibia trip here and were captivated by the Africat programme. It was wonderful to see leopard in the wild (our first success in over 30 game drives!) and the general wildlife was superb. Its well worth going to the floodlit hide after dinner to see the porcupines feeding on kitchen scraps and the warthogs will often wander in to graze on the lawns where you can get really close. The staff were great and the food excellent, but if you're going do go for a bush room as the garden rooms (the original Main Camp accomodation) are getting really tried and abit gloomy, albeit clean and comfortable.

Thank RobinS57
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Okonjima Game Reserve is home of Africat, a foundation dedicated to the education about and preservation of cheetah and leopard. Though we only spent one night the four activities were exceptional. We tracked leopard, cheetah and watched the porcupines devour their nightly treat of kitchen scraps. We also had a special tour of Africat to learn about their educational programs designed to help local farmers live in harmony with predator cats and educate school children and adults about what they can do to help conserve the very special wildlife they live with. As a bonus, the food was some of the best we'd had in Namibia!

1  Thank Marilyn M
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

unique concept to safe big cats. wonderful guides and scenery: honestly one of the best kept secrets in Namibia. the guides are dedicated, lots of respect for the animals, it seems like everything is being done right here. People care, doesn't happen that often here. we were totally impressed. I am actually thinking of going back soon.

Thank barbaraebner
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