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Okonjima Bush Suite
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Okonjima Bush Suite


... also rather rediculously known as The Select Private Bush Suite, is located in the Otjiwarongo area in the Northcentral region of Namibia.

Upsides ...

Set on reclaimed farmland, the substantial Okonjima Reserve is home to the Africat Foundation, a major animal rehabilitation project. Amongst other activities, guests are offered the opportunity to follow radio-collared cheetahs on foot, leopards and hyenas by vehicle. This particular lodge is one of the higher-priced options on the reserve and offers and much higher quality private experience for groups of up to four guests.

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Downsides ...

The main potential downsides are that the lodge is rather expensive, that the reserve does not feel particularly wild, this particular facility is disappointingly close to another large property and that the activities can be rather tame.

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A few words about prices ...

We are specialists in helping our guests to build the very best and most suitable safaris for the lowest possible prices. A safari can be a very expensive undertaking and we always do everything we can to meet your target budget.

Further up this page you will see our guide price for this place. This is the high season rate per person per night sharing a double room. For most people this should represent a worst case scenario, since various discounts usually apply at other times of year.

We guarantee that the prices we charge will be the same or, more often than not, considerably less than if you were to book directly with the owner. We also guarantee to match or beat any legitimate competitive quotations. Additionally, all our itineraries have fully itemised pricing, so that you can see exactly how much each element costs, which should provide you with great reassurance and help you to make decisions when fine-tuning your trip.

How we like to include this lodge in trips ...

Okonjima is most commonly included in self-drive trips, since it makes a convenient stop of the long main road haul between Etosha and Windhoek. It is less frequently included in flying safaris, which tend to concentrate more on lodges in wilder and more remote areas.

We have mixed feelings about the place. On the one hand we appreciate the importance of this type of animal rehabilitation project here in Namibia and we want to support them. We also think it is really interesting to have such up-close interaction with these wonderful creatures and guest feedback is generally very positive. But on the other hand our personal experiences here have always been very disappointing. So long as you come here with reasonable expectations, then there is a very good chance you will find it an interesting and worthwhile stop.

Okonjima Bush Suite definitely offers a superior experience and may well be worth including in a high-end flying safari, although we usually prefer to recommend the slightly more remote Okonjima Villa for this kind of trip, although that is even more pricey.

Usual stay duration is 2 nights.

Fly-in guests who are less focussed on lodge comfort might also consider staying at Babson House at the nearby Cheetah Conservation Fund instead, which is generally considered to be a more serious conservation project.

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