Cheetah, leopard and hyena tracking
FROM PRICE: $ 349 | ON SPECIAL FOR ONLY: $ 209
Track rehabilitated leopards hunting for themselves in the Namibia wilderness, search for spotted hyena and have close-up sessions with rescued cheetah cubs, great for photography.
Learn more about the leopard and other big cats.
Okonjima, Namibia -1 night/2 days
Where is it?
Okonjima is situated 45 minutes north of Windhoek by air charter. It is also an ideal location to include on a self-drive circuit.
Although this is a rehabilitation centre and the leopard, hyena and cheetah live in fenced areas, the educational experience is exceptional. The research done in the centre is extremely valuable to the future of Africa's big cats.
What is the best time of year to go?
A visit to Okonjima is possible throughout the year.
From mid-July to late October, the main overseas tourist season hits Namibia and lodges will be full unless you book well in advance. If you go outside of this period, it's much quieter and you will have many of the attractions to yourself. Apart from this, the only real reason for you to have a specific time for your trip is taking personal availability and the weather into consideration.
There are three main climatic periods; the cool dry season is from May to October, when the days are cool, clear and sunny. Night time temperatures can be near freezing. At the end of the dry season it warms up dramatically, giving some uncomfortable temperatures in the Kaokoveld and Etosha National Park. The Caprivi Strip is affected by floodwaters from the north between May and August, as water flows into the Okavango water systems.
There are ‘little’ rains from October to December, which are characterised by high temperatures and sporadic showers, whilst January to April is the main rainy season. Mid-summer is extremely hot and there are often violent thunderstorms accompanied by flash floods, especially in the north.
The best time for game viewing is from May to October, and for bird watching, November to March.
How to get there
By private air charter or by road on a self-drive itinerary.
Tips and Notes
We do not recommend visiting Okonjima if you prefer to see truly wild animals and wild places. Okonjima is very busy with visitors and it is common to see bus loads of tourists supporting this worthy cause.
If you're a photographer, Okonjima provides excellent opportunities for photographing cats close-up.
We highly recommend this as a stop-over on a self-drive itinerary.