Central Highlands Safari

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With a Central Highlands safari, discover Okonjima, a conservation hotspot that is home to The AfriCat Foundation; famous for rehabilitating big cats and other wildlife. A family run business, the AfriCat conservation efforts have been ongoing since 1993 and since that time have helped to successfully reintroduce more than 1080 carnivores back into the wild.

Cheetah welfare Okonjima Experience incredible cheetah sightings with a Central Highlands safari Leopard welfare

The large reserve, which is malaria free and spans a tremendous 55,000 acres of pristine wilderness, is best known for helping cheetah return to their natural habitats. Visitors to the reserve can be a part of the conservation effort by observing the programme at work or game watch some of AfriCat's rehabilitated wildlife in the surrounding wilderness.

Incredible leopard sightings are on offer with the leopards at the reserve radio-tracked from vehicles to make sightings easier. Or, for a more adventurous turn you can track predators on foot with the chance to radio track cheetahs, rare African wild dogs and spotted hyenas. The reserve is also home to a wide variety of birdlife, with over 250 species recorded, including some birds endemic to Namibia like the Rock Runner and Carp's Black Tit.

You can also discover the interesting day to day life of a Bushman through a special walking trail. Delve into the traditional means San Bushman use to survive in such an inhospitable environment and the unique culture that governs their lives.

Central Highlands Highlights

  • Phenomenal cheetah sightings
  • Conservation hotspot thanks to The AfriCat Foundation's wildlife rehabilitation
  • 55,000 acres of stunning wilderness
  • Malaria-free area
  • Incredible sightings of leopard, wild dog and hyena

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Central Highlands Accommmodation

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  • Erongo Wilderness Lodge
    Bedroom interior

    Found in a remote valley, this luxury tented camp is found in the Erongo Mountains and i

  • Okonjima Grand African Villa
    Villa exterior

    Secreted in a remote site within the Okonjima Reserve, the Grand African Villa offers a luxury home away from home. Guests can enjoy big cat adventures courtesy of the Africat Foundation.

  • Okonjima Luxury Bush Camp
    bush camp chalet and sala at night

    Expect rich African style from this comfortable lodge in the Okonjima reserve. Relax with stunning vistas and set out on adventures with the Africat Foundation, offering up close big cat encounters.

  • Okonjima Plains Camp
    Plains Camp panoramic view

    A refurbished family farmhouse this charming property is the gateway to Okonjima's Africat Foundation. Take-in big cat sightings and stay in comfortable accommodation.

  • Okonjima Select Private Bush Suite

    An intimate property ideal for a family or small group to explore the Okonjima reserve. With spacious rooms, personal hosting service and a private pool, it is an exclusive home away from home to visit the reserve and the Africat Foundation, renown for big cat sightings.