the exclusive villa bedroom

Celebrities that have stayed at the Grand African Villa, Okonjima, Namibia

I was lucky enough to stay at the Grand Villa at Okonjima, with my friend and philanthropist James Alexandroff, to find out more about the charity he was setting up in the local area for pre-school age children to make a real difference to their Early Childhood Development.

In the middle of Namibia one expects the bare essentials, however this was a five-star experience in the beautiful surroundings of the Okonjima Game Reserve, home of AfriCat.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt stayed at the Grand Villa before having their baby, Shiloh, in Namibia, in 2006 and made this comment when they left Okonjima, “Thank you for a wonderful stay! The food was amazing and the kids loved it here”.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who stayed at the Grand Villa, Okonjima, Namibia

The Villa which sleeps 8 adults and 4 children overlooks a natural waterhole in a secluded area of Okonjima. There is a cooling swimming pool and a host/hostess and chef to attend to all your needs, with an exclusive guide and game-drive vehicle at your disposal. It is the last word in luxury Namibian safari holidays.

Looking out from the Grand Villa, Okonjima, Namibia

Other accommodation at Okonjima varies from private suites to garden rooms at The Main Camp and the Bush Camp for the more adventurous.

Other celebrities that have stayed include Holly Hunter who was filming a documentary on cheetahs and Ian Wright (the footballer) who was also filming a documentary. Kate Humble and Ben Fogle stayed and filmed Animal Park in Africa for the BBC. David Sheppard, the world famous artist, stayed here to paint, while Rolf Harris ‘rushed and rushed out; loved it’.

Olympians, Frankie Fredericks and Linford Christie have stayed, with Frankie racing a cheetah! Wesley Snipes stayed with his family and ‘loved everything that we did’

Last but not least are two patrons of AfriCat and friends of Okonjima who have stayed more than once; Joanna Lumley and Chris Packham, BBC wildlife presenter and photographer.

Overlooking the waterhole at sunset, the Grand Villa, Okonjima, Namibia

You too can stay and enjoy the safaris, the cheetahs and leopards and all manner of game, the wilderness, the beautiful sunsets, the stars and stunning sunrises at Okonjima – the Namibian/African holiday of a lifetime.

Mark Cadbury


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